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State News questions if state budget is irresponsible! 21 July, 2007

Posted by stoptaxing in State.

The only thing we will add is that the picture looks even worse when you take into account all state expenditures and not just the operating budget. 

State budget irresponsible?

DOVER — When lawmakers left Legislative Hall at the end of the session in the wee hours of July 1, they had passed a record $3.285 billion operating budget in a tight fiscal year wrought with declining revenues.

The spending plan is Gov. Ruth Ann Minner’s seventh since taking office in 2001, during which time the state’s operating budget has grown by nearly $1 billion, a 43 percent increase from the $2.3 billion fiscal 2002 budget.

“The question you have to ask is, is state government $1 billion better than we were in fiscal 2002?” asked Sen. Colin R.J. Bonini, R-Dover.

“The answer is, of course not. We have been tremendously irresponsible in our spending, and I don’t blame just Gov. Minner. We as legislators are just as guilty.”

Sen. Bonini, who regularly votes against the operating budget, contends that Delaware has a spending problem and that the money the state spends could be better used by those who supplied it.

“A lot of my colleagues have forgotten that it’s not our money, it’s the money of those we represent,” Sen. Bonini said.

But Gov. Minner and her budget staff believe the administration has been an excellent steward of the state’s finances during her tenure. 

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1. Lee - 22 July, 2007

“A lot of my colleagues have forgotten that it’s not our money, it’s the money of those we represent,” Sen. Bonini said.

Go Colin Go

2. Alan Coffey - 30 July, 2007

We should also consider all unfunded mandates. That is, healthcare and pension benefits that they are not divulging yet.

3. Megan Ritter - 1 August, 2007

PLEASE GO VOTE for Mike Huckabee in the FreedomWorks online straw poll, now through Thursday, August 2nd.


Also, please pass this along to other Huckabee supporters in ANY way you can!!! He CAN win this!

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