A budget was sent to the Governor early today, supported in the Senate on a 29-11 vote, and in the Assembly on a 61-1 vote.
The more we find out about the budget, the more we see how it digs a bigger hole in future years. Severe health cuts were made, and while some of the worst of the proposed health care cuts were rejected, the overall budget creats a scenario where even those cuts are much more likely in future years.
The Governor’s demands made it even worse, by locking away more funds, away from the underfunded needs of education,, health care and other vital services–creating even more pressure for substantial cuts in the future.
Next year’s budget fight begins now.