I’m pretty sure everyone knew balancing the state budget wouldn’t be easy…..it’s flat hard work with a dose of discomfort. So predictably, the wailing and hyperbole began Wednesday while the Governor was still addressing the legislature. Big words like “devastating, substantial, negligent”. The Senate Democratic leader even suggested we’d see a rise in juvenile delinquents if we cut the general fund allocation to education.
Now comes word that the Judiciary may challenge their requested 10% cut on their home court saying the language in the law might not give the Governor authority to request the budget cut.
Read the RCJ story
As someone who has had to deal with budget cuts on a personal level — I can understand the dismay…..but what would we do when the money is not there at all…..how would a budget cut of 20%, 40%, 50% or even more feel? What about when the next rainy day comes and we’ve spent all our reserves. Then I think it would be fair to use words like tragic. Not dealing with this now only pushes it off to another day with deeper cuts needed to achieve living within our means.
The Dems are releasing an alternative budget today — it’d be nice if it contained some practical alternatives…..and not just more rhetoric like we heard from Ben Nesselhuf, State Dem Chair and Exec Director, in a statement:
“The message will be that state government is run by the tea party, and it doesn’t believe in public education and health care. Those two areas are the most important components of our quality of life.”
Really — if the Dems can’t do better than that….don’t look for the party to resurge any time soon.