- The House just approved $170 million more in spending than the Governor, using Tom DeLay-like tactics in forcing members to vote on spending amendments in bulk, without enough time to review. State House News Service quotes one rep as saying of the process, “This is the worst I’ve ever seen.” Does Bob DeLeo understand that rushing the legislature through millions in spending proposals doesn’t exactly increase the public’s faith in the process? How are we supposed to tell prosciutto from baloney?
- The House is dead-set against Patrick’s closing of corporate loopholes, which would rationalize the business tax environment and raise some $295 million. Is there anything wrong with this picture? Spend more, don’t pay for it. Hrmm … They’re pulling nearly all of this extra spending out of the “rainy day” fund. What do they do in the case of an actual fiscal emergency? Break glass?
- And I’m intrigued by DiMasi’s concern for tax “predictability”; doesn’t budget volatility cause every bit as much grief for those who depend on government services, i.e. all of us?
- Did Sal overplay his Caddy-n’-drapes, poor-ol’-me line last week on NECN, since he’s now vulnerable to Mariachi politics?
- Now is the time when Patrick’s subterranean homework earlier this year is supposed to pay off. Supposedly, if he knows the budget inside and out, he knows the levers of influence with the legislature. And he’s got the veto. After 16 years of Republican governors, maybe we don’t know how this game is played anymore. Can Patrick peel off enough legislators to sustain his vetoes?
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