The House passed a budget. Sal's 'compromise' with Deval was more spending, primarily out of rainy-day funds and other one-time solutions. Great planning, huh? Meanwhile, Deval wants to eliminate corporate tax loopholes, money that would grow with inflation and would permanently add to the solvency of the Massachusetts state budget. Sal had the audacity to call Deval's spending plans shortsighted on the radio.
Yet, none of this was prominent in Lisa Wangsness's big budget article. In fact, she barely mentions the biggest issue surrounding this budget debate. I guess reporting on the poignant topics of the day is no longer a priority, especially when talking about how much money is being spent on this and that is oh so much more important. Right? I confess myself disappointed in the Globe.
However, to Governor Deval Patrick, I urge he veto this budget. I highly doubt the Senate is going to be able to fix it; it's going to take an epic tug-of-war with business-sleazy Sal. It's time to take the Speaker of the House to the mattresses. Apparently, Sal DiMasi thinks this is a one-sherriff town. While I'd prefer cooperation to power-plays, if it's a fight Sal wants, Deval ought to give it to him. That way, when Sal loses (and he will), we won't have to go through this mess again.