“We are waiting to get our marching orders.” So said one legislator last Monday while awaiting the arrival of the governor, who was about to give his State of the State address at the Capitol. This is wrong thinking.
Lawmakers are not supposed to serve as rubber stamps or potted plants. If they truly believe in conservative principles -- and most of them profess to do -- they still have to prove it, regardless of what Otter says.
Below is the governor’s proposed big-spending budget, by the numbers. This shows why it’s important for lawmakers to get their jobs right.
And the most incredible number in Otter’s 2018 budget is … drumroll, please:
Here are two more numbers: 20 and 105. There are 20 legislators who will initially consider the governor’s budget recommendations and come up with a budget of their own. All 105 state lawmakers will vote on your money will be spent, and all will have a part to play in how big the government grows, how much you pay for it and how much of a tax break—if any—you will get. This means, we anxiously await the next number: The number of statesmen who will question the governor’s approach and the number of rubber stampers who will just do what they’re told.
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