That is all that can be said about the Governor’s signature on HB 119, otherwise known as the FY ’10 state budget.  You can read about it here and here and here.  Not WOW !  one can’t believe he signed it, but WOW that’s all he did was sign it. 

Of course there were three line item vetoes, but nothing totaling more than a few thousand dollars.  He basically left the budget intact.  And this democrat thinks that is a good thing. 

Don’t get me wrong, this is still a bad budget.  It contains a $400 million-plus property tax increase, a $197 million dollar cut to education, and it uses $1.4 billion of the stimulus money just to band aid the bleeding in the state budget.  But, this budget could have been so much worse.

Our state leaders were looking at furloughing teachers and cutting some essential services just to get by, but President Obama saved us all from such drastic cuts.

The real question is what happens if Revenues continue to fall.  April figures are in and it doesn’t look good. We have seen another decrease of $362,133,000.  If this keeps up, there will have to be additional cuts or a special session.  We have already seen how Perdue deals with this type of crisis.  My guess is he will leave the country around June and announce in August that all state agencies need to cut 5% from their budgets. 

State Representative Alan Powell needs to come to our rescue.  He is the only fiscal conservative left that actually understands state goverment.  I don’t know what it would take for him to run, but at the rate we are going I am not sure the patient will not live much longer.

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