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A Somber House Changes Budget Stance

“‘We are not able to predict what’s going to happen from moment to moment,’ Leger said…’Rather than tie our hands by not appropriating enough, it is wiser for us to appropriate what is available and we will have flexibility to address those challenges.

The amendment was approved, 53 to 50, surprising the faction of the Republican delegation that was determined not to spend the full amount.”

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Budget Impasse Sends Legislature Into Extra Innings

There is always a solution. There is always a possible compromise.

“‘We can’t possibly have sat here all day long and not come to some point where we can have a vote on this. So I move that we discharge the conference committee,’ Leger requested.”

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At a crossroads…

There are three weeks left of the Legislative Session and it seems like we are stalled at a crossroads of common sense: even though this is a fiscal session and we are facing a budget deficit and a fiscal cliff in 2019, hardly any bills have been heard, much less passed, that deal with our revenue problems. They have certainly been filed, but the vast majority haven’t even been scheduled a hearing in the House Ways and Means Committee-the origin of all revenue. With one notable exception.

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Now is the time to be courageous

Session has begun and the tough decisions are upon us. As the Governor has said, now is the time to be courageous. Any further delay in dealing with our ongoing instability will result in future special sessions. This is unnecessary.

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