Let Them Take the Blame for the Bad
The misguided revenue boosters were the weak spot of the governor’s supplemental budget. Of course, they’ll probably be the one proposal that the General Assembly passes swiftly:
Smith Hill lawmakers are poised for a vote today on the revenue-raising pieces of Governor Carcieri’s $357-million deficit-reduction plan — including a proposed $1 cigarette tax hike.
But they are likely to do so without support from Carcieri’s Republican allies in the House, who say they tried unsuccessfully to dissuade the governor from including the increases in his deficit-closing plan, and are now doubly unhappy that House Democrats are trying to move $23.8 million in tax and fee hikes along without any of accompanying budget cuts the governor proposed.
As I’ve said before, if the legislature makes more than just cursory changes, Governor Carcieri ought to loudly and frequently wash his hands of the budget, saying that it’s not his doing.