Thursday, June 25, 2009


The $29 billion FY 2010 has passed both houses of the State legisalture. The Governor must sign it before midnight June 30. The Assembly argued about the budget for 4 1/2 hours. The Senate argued about it for just under 2 hours. I can't say they "debated" it because they didn't. In order for it to be defined as a debate one side would have to argue the merits and the other, the shortcomings. In the 6 1/2 hours of total argument, one question about the budget bill was actually asked of the measure's sponsor.

That's not a debate. What we heard and saw today was grandstanding, speech-giving and campaigning. Nothing more, nothing less.

There a reason for the title of this entry. The argument in the Assembly didn't drag on for about twice as long as it did in the Senate because the Assembly has twice as many members. It dragged on because, before speaking more than a dozen Assembly members swore, "I wasn't going to speak on the budget today, but........"

By the way, the Assembly passed the budget 45-34 and the Senate passed it 22-17 and guess what? Everyone in the building knew it was going to pass since before last Thursday. Everyone!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

losers in the state house ,,, fire them all and welfare folks sucking up cash get a job i did when i was 13