Democrats’ Use of the Office of Governor
As evidence of the suggestion, in this morning’s vlog, that Rhode Island Democrats mainly utilize the governor’s office as a scapegoat, I present Travis Rowley’s calling out of Senator John Tassoni (D., Smithfield) for his obvious attempts to hand the General Assembly’s garbage to the governor:
Perhaps worse than their inability to fiscally restrain themselves is the Democrats’ dereliction of duty, showcased by Tassoni’s admission that “we were gonna pass [the budget] with the $68 million, uh, issue. And then we would get back and try to figure out how we would get to that $68 million. But obviously we didn’t have, we didn’t go back.” Yeah, take your time, Senator.
This year’s budget bill passed on June 30, and nearly two months passed before Governor Carcieri officially announced his 12-day furlough plan — two months of ballooning deficits for Rhode Island taxpayers, and two months of beach volleyball for Senator Tassoni.
Travis’s broader response to Tassoni’s rhetoric is spot on. The next question, of course, is whether Rhode Islanders see it, as well, and see it as a problem.