When the time comes to cut, you have to make a statement about what really matters to you, and that’s when the going gets interesting.
Listen to Jon’s commentary:
For the politicians who sign off on it, the state budget is also about priorities, an annual statement of their values and their fortitude.
Those decisions aren’t easy.
Some of their choices are restricted by law and financial obligations; some are forced on them by the mistakes of the past; others are dictated by the reality of political life, that the squeaky wheel gets the grease, and some petitioners are denied at your political peril.
But then sometimes, you see choices being made that seem just plain absurd.
Like Governor Patrick’s decision to use one of his rare vetoes on $10 million that was set aside for salary increases for people who do some of the dirtiest, most desperately-needed jobs for some of state government’s lowest wages "
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