I’ve posted a document to the site that has a number of proposals on how we should address the budget situation we face this year. Like most other states our revenue has tumbled as a result of the change in spending habits coming from the economic downturn. I believe we face a structural change in how we as a state will operate, and that decisions we make today will have foundational impacts on the structure of the state in the future.
I’d love to receive comments on the ideas in the document. It’s the beginning of a plan, but a detailed plan will have to be built collaboratively with other legislators, including legislators from both sides of the aisle. It is impossible to make lasting structural changes without building broad consensus for them – a project I’ll be working on for the next 2 years.