Budget Agreement Unlikely

Can't we all just get along?

Since I didn’t watch American Idol last night, let’s recap another show that’s about run to run its course…the bickering over Kentucky’s budget.  Apparently, Senate leader David Williams went on the radio this morning in Lexington and said it was unlikely that the House and Senate will be able to reach an agreement on a budget before the midnight deadline tomorrow night.

Let’s recap, shall we?

First, the Governor sent up a budget that made some cuts, spent some money, and relied on expanded gambling to generate some much needed revenue.  The House basically patted him on the back and said, “Thanks, but we’ll take it from here.” …and completely trashed the budget in favor of working on one of their own.  Now, knowing that the Republican-controlled Senate would likely not be happy with whatever final product they presented, you’d think that the Democrat-controlled House might have taken that in to consideration on their budget.

Well, that didn’t happen, and although it wasn’t exactly a repeat performance of the way the House handled the Governor, the Senate basically took the House’s proposed budget, patted THEM and the back and said, “Thanks, but no thanks.”…and set about making changes all over the place.

So the arguing and posturing has continued on and on, and how, here we sit with just over one day left to resolve the differences, and it looks unlikely that they will be resolved in time.  The lead Republican poo-bah has said it is unlikely anything happens in time….the main man Democrat, Stumbo, has said he still hopes they can work it out.  But they won’t.  So…you know what that means?  That’s right…a special session.  And you know what that will cost us?  $60,000/day.

I won’t pretend to know every little detail about who wanted what, and where all the money is going…I just know where it should NOT be going, and that is to fund a special session.  This is, after all, an election year, and I’m sure that if the folks who are there now can’t figure it out, the voters won’t have any trouble trying some new folks out to see if THEY can get it done.  So how about a little compromise?  I mean, if Tiger and Elin can work things out, can’t you?

**oops…turns out  Tiger and Elin are possibly getting a divorce…so…never mind.

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