Why Meaningful Reform May Not Arrive Any Time Soon

by Michael Shapiro

The Governor works hard to create a fiscally responsible budget. He calls for legislative support for its passage. Many of the legislators whom the Governor needs to vote for the budget make demands that “Christmas tree” items be added to secure their vote. A few hundred are included so that the budget will pass. As a result, it passes but with hundreds of millions of dollars in additional unnecessary spending, upending the Governor’s fiscally responsible good work.


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