pete kelly



What Are Lawmakers Trying To Achieve With The State Budget?

To help boil things down, here are two short floor speech clips that pretty well encapsulate the budget positions of the State Senate Majority and Minority. Don’t worry, they are short and largely free of numbers and acronyms. They don’t and aren’t intended to give you the depth of detail of the budget, but rather the values each side is basing their positions upon.


For Republicans, State Budget Is A Messaging Trap

Virtually every Republican legislator is messaging via newsletter, committee-question time, or posting a video on Facebook of some version of Revenue Commissioner Randy Hoffbeck’s line “the price of admission for new revenues is significant cuts.” But what is “significant” or “meaningful” when it comes to budget cuts?