Budget Moves On
The RI Senate has passed the budget 36 to 2. Again, “the plan softens the blows to some programs hit hard under the governor’s original budget proposal.” How’s that?
The Providence Journal report on last night’s House offered this noteworthy commentary:
Indeed, lawmakers couldn’t recall another budget vote that passed without a single “No” vote. The enormity of the challenge brought political alliances together like never before, according to Costantino.
“We are in very difficult times. We walk outside this building, we feel it, we see it, we touch it, we experience it,” he said. “With this budget we have demonstrated the resolve to tackle the issues of these tough times.”
One thing that statement ignores is the fact that there is distinct disagreement, across ideologies, about how one weathers “tough times,” and the utter lack of contention in these votes implies a false victory for those who’ve been pounding the rightward, taxpayer-based solution to our fiscal crisis.