Gov. Carcieri Reacts to Budget Hints
Governor Carcieri was on the John DePetro Show this morning and expressed his concern over what he was hearing–more taxes, fewer cuts–about the budget being floated out of the House. Calling them a “tin ear bunch,” he was clearly frustrated that some of his proposed program cuts had been reinstated and, worse, that taxes (including the gas tax) were being raised. On a more positive note, he was pleased that some pension reform (though not as much as he’d like–he called it a “half-a-loaf”) was apparently being introduced. In general, according to the Governor, it looks like the GA has decided to continue on with “half-baked” measures to address real problems instead of taking the opportunity to make hard decisions on substantive changes and improvements.