But, what our legislative leaders seem to be overlooking as they try to teach the Guv a lesson is how important that DC office is, particularly now, with the State in the ditch. Federal funds are flowing like never before to fight the recession. Health care, climate change and education reform initiatives are on the move, with big money in the mix and big implications for our own efforts in those areas. And we have a President close to the Governor so its a good time to be making the most of that relationship.
For the legislature, struggling to meet the fiscal gap without decimating vital public services, I’d think anything that could leverage more federal cash or policy assistance would be welcomed in easing the budget pain.
Of course that is what the DC office does, and I’d like to have our State at the table when decisions are made in the DC bureaucracy. Its not enough to depend on Teddy K (fighting illness as he is), Barney, Markey, McGovern and the rest to fight our corner. Yeah, they have seniority and juice, but they also got plenty on. I’m sure they don’t mind the helping hand of the State office down there, making links between initiatives back home and those on the move in DC.
So please, Senate President Murray, Ways and Means Chair Panagiotakis, drop the beef. Undermining our influence in Washington is no way to help yourselves or our State in dealing with the fiscal and economic challenges we face. If you want to call the Governor irrelevant that’s your call, but don’t make our State an irrelevancy in DC to prove your point.