cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
It appears that the Assembly and Senate have reached sufficient agreement to bring a budget repair bill to a vote later this week.
Word available indicates that there may have been a few actual budget reductions while the bulk of the heavy lifting is being done on the back of money being pulled from the transportation fund and money being pulled from the 'rainy day' fund.
Additional tactics reportedly include pushing some school funding into the next budget period and adding some additional taxes that were overlooked before this.
The long and short is that we'll be borrowing more money to replace the tax collection shortfall that will be used for transportation expenses. Some cookies have been included that don't seem to have anything to do with the budget dilemma so those must've been payment for votes promised by some of the politicians.
We will be looking at the same set of issues next budget at this rate since we're not fixing the problems by reducing expenditures. Except those issues will very likely have bigger teeth. Our elected officials are being asked to vote in favor of a deal that pins its hopes on an improved economy by the next time the 'problem' pops up on radar screens.
What will it take to get actual budget reductions approved? Apparently more people in office with the fortitude to stand up against the tax and spend crowd that sits in far too many chairs today.