Actually from Friday, from NoPolitician:
Skyrocketing spending? (6.00 / 6)Baker says “state spending has skyrocketed”.
I could be wrong, but I checked the state budgets online. The first Patrick budget went up from Romney's last budget, but the next two decreased.
These are the numbers I found:
FY2005: $22.2bn (Romney)
FY2006: $24.3bn (Romney)
FY2007: $26.2bn (Romney)
FY2008: $28.1bn (Patrick)
FY2009: $27.7bn (Patrick)
FY2010: $27.0bn (Patrick, projected)
Am I wrong? Am I missing something?
How can Baker claim that spending has “skyrocketed”?
That's a claim that needs to be put to bed fast. The Herald has been advancing this hollow claim that Patrick has hired thousands of workers. In reality, he has filled positions as they became vacant. Yet people believe that Patrick created thousands of new positions. It fits their meme.
And let's remember what happened in the two years of FY2007 and 2008: Health care reform, which, yes, cost money — and which people supported by and large, both then and now. If Baker has credible, humane ideas for how to control health care spending– and he well may! — let's hear them. If he opposes covering people, then he should say so.
And ya know, if that's what one defines as “one-party profligacy” — a health care bill signed by a GOP governor and supported by our GOP Senator-elect … well, I think that needs to be re-examined.