The $950 million in "savings and efficiencies" that Governor Deval Patrick touted in his budget address this week is actually a compilation of corporate tax increases, hoped-for improvements in tax collection and fraud detection, lower spending increases than originally anticipated to keep up with inflation, and smaller surgical budget cuts in dozens of state programs and subsidies.I'm not even going to tear that one-sided, peice-of-crap, leading paragraph apart... it would be too easy.
So let's start here:
To balance his budget, the new governor also tapped $225 million in one-time revenue by eliminating the state's annual $100 million payment to its rainy-day fund, drawing $75 million in interest from that fund, and taking $50 million from the state's tobacco fund.Um... aren't 'down years' the reason why we have a rainy day fund? Deval Patrick found a way to balance the budget without taking money out of the Rainy Day Fund, yet gets critized for merely not contributing more - when there's a $1 billion deficit? The Globe goes on to quote the right-of-center Massachusetts Tax Foundation, but ignores the left-of-center Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center.
The Globe needs to learn to tone down the language in their so-called jouralistic articles, sticking to the facts instead of leading words meant to stir reactions. Then they need to broaden the people they talk to when writing these articles because, while the MTF is a great resource, there are other experts in the field too.