Tuesday, June 09, 2009

What Democrats are being told behind the scenes about the state budget

State Senator Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma) is not happy being told she can only suggest one change to the budget:

Putting together the state budget is always a difficult process. But it is made more so by the deep budget deficit. A few weeks ago, legislative leaders and the Governor hammered out a deal. Later the deal was pushed through the legislature’s budget committee.

This week members of the Assembly are scheduled to vote on the budget. Behind the scenes members are told, “This budget is bad. We need to pass it as quick as possible and get out of town.”

In the Capitol, the culture is one of a few making the decisions and the many having their arms twisted to go along with the deal.

Perhaps everyone would be better off if the legislature took it's time instead and passed a good budget.