Armstrong and Fumo – who negotiated the current budget, voted for it, urged others do so are, and are also retiring at the end of the year – added “HA HA suckers, good luck cleaning up our mess.”
Amazingly, Armstrong and Fumo use two ridiculous arguments to justify increasing taxes:
1) “I don’t know what else to cut”: The Commonwealth Foundation has identified $6.6 Billion in programs outside the proper scope of government.
2) There is “not nearly enough time to make substantial changes” in the legislative session: That is entirely by choice – and I’m not even talking about the lame duck session, but the rest of October. We have nearly one month before the election, but legislators are taking the next three weeks off to campaign. There is plenty of time to restrain spending now, delaying until January means higher taxes on an already over-taxed state.