Statehouse Beat: Legislature had no plan for budget
Phil Kabler , Staff Writer
As the Legislature spent a third week wandering in the wilderness of the special session, frustrated Democrats poised a legitimate question to leadership: “What is the plan?”
The lack of a concise answer from leadership made it evident even before the passage of a budget bill that relies on a massive raid of the state Rainy Day reserve funds: There was no plan.
Senate Finance Chairman Mike Hall, R-Putnam, who is probably too honest by half to be a good politician, conceded that efforts to push a temporary sales tax increase and to revive the tobacco tax bill were his own, and not necessarily backed by leadership.
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