Budget Debate: The Big Picture
For all the huff and puff of the budget hawks, they were mostly playing penny poker last week. When you consider that they had a chance at tax credit reform during special session with a fiscal note showing over a billion dollars in savings to the budget (and they whiffed), last week didn’t dent the state’s structural deficits. (Word is that Purgy still hopes to trade for tax credit reform, by the way.)
In this view, the demands list (picnic tables, cutting Stacy Hastie’s development subsidy, fire Kathy Thornburg, no money for Mizzou to create a REMI model) looks lot less hawkish, and kind of petty, if not childish.
Originally in April 25 MOScout.