UPDATED: The Governor’s Proper Stance
Governor Carcieri struck the right notes on budget deliberations in his op-ed yesterday:
THE STATE BUDGET plan for fiscal year 2010 passed by the House Finance Committee is not a plan to lift our state out of this economic malaise. It lacks a coherent policy and strategy to move our state forward.
My budget, which I submitted back in February, proposed a clear strategy to move Rhode Island in the right direction and offered real solutions to pension reform, economic development, tax reform, education and municipal spending. …
My budget proposal made new investments in education and economic development, and included significant tax reforms for individuals and businesses. These changes would send a loud and clear message that we are serious about growing jobs in our state, and that we are serious about improving our children’s education. Our early- literacy programs and charter schools are having great success, especially in the urban districts, and we need to continue investing in them.
The House budget eviscerates these critical investments and sends a message that we don’t care about jobs, economic development or our urban children.
For too long (probably), the governor allowed an aura of comity and cooperation to serve as cover for the General Assembly’s mismanagement. The message from here on out has to be that Rhode Island’s problems legislators’ doing.
ADDENDUM 6:09 p.m.
George rightly snaps me out of the Rhode Island fog that had drifted over me somewhat with the rainy days: The governor could have been much more vociferous and prominent in declaring that there should be no changes to his budget. Every day in the news. Once a week outside the State House with a bullhorn.