Now it’s back to the grindstone, so look for frequents posts on this blog again. I know, it’s the holidays and government is winding down its work for the year. However, much of the hard work for lawmakers remains. The budget. Yes, in these halls it is a four letter word.
Revenue figures from last month will be released tomorrow. The reality of the state’s economy might feel more like a lump of coal in the stocking than a present under the tree.
Members of the House Appropriations and Budget committee tomorrow afternoon will hear reports from subcommittee chairs who have been quizzing state agency heads about how budget cuts have impacted their work and the mission of their agencies.
Maybe we’ll get a peek at lawmakers’ priorities as they begin the task of adjusting this year’s budget to help cash-strapped agencies. If revenue collections are below estimates again, December will be the fifth straight month that agencies have seen their monthly budgets cut.
Maybe Santa will bring agencies good news? If not, looking at baby pictures always makes me happy…and it’s free.