Revenues Win Out Over Reforms

(Anyone surprised at this? – promoted by Garrett)

The Senate finalized a $27.35 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2010 last Thursday.  Unfortunately, when all was said and done, revenues won out over reforms, with nearly $1 billion in new taxes inserted in the budget but only a handful of the Senate Republican Caucus’ $1.072 billion package of cost-saving reforms adopted.

Here’s a recap of the Caucus’ money-saving proposals and how they fared during this week’s debate:

– Repeal anti-privatization Pacheco Law (estimated savings: $150-$300 million) – Rejected 11-28;

– Increase the cost ceiling on projects not subject to the Pacheco Law from $200,000 to $2 million – Approved 24-15;

– Repeal the Film Tax Incentive ($110 million) – Further amended by Senator Downing to require a study, Approved 33-6;

– Eliminate the Lottery advertising account ($2 million) – Rejected 12-27;

– Require Medicaid recipients to enroll in managed care plans ($150 million) – Rejected on voice vote;

– Prescription medication waste reduction ($75 million) – Approved on voice vote;

– One-year wage increase and hiring freeze for all state agencies and departments ($140 million); Rejected 9-28;

– Require agency reports to be distributed solely through electronic means ($10 million) – Rejected on voice vote;

– Expedite sale of surplus state lands ($25 million) – Rejected 6-33;

– Extend pension liability funding schedule by three years ($300 million) – Rejected on voice vote;

– Eliminate prescription drug mandate from Commonwealth Care ($10 million) – Rejected on voice vote;

– Private sponsorship of state facilities and assets ($25 million) – Rejected on voice vote;

– Repeal combined reporting for corporate taxes ($50 million) – Rejected 5-34

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  • Vote3rdpartynow

    because our democrat led state senate is always implementing state-of-the-art best practice management concepts in order to provide better service from state government.  For instance they, uhmmm, uhhm, well they, uhhmmm, and then they uhhhmmm, nevermind…

  • – Increase the cost ceiling on projects not subject to the Pacheco Law from $200,000 to $2 million – Approved 24-15;

    Does this mean that any project under $2 million does is not subject to the Pacheco Law ?  Or am I misinterpreting this ?

    Does it follow that any project under $2 million does not have to pay prevailing wages/use union companies?  That may a bright spot (relatively speaking) in this dismal picture.

    Some of it I can understand….the prescription drug benefit, but not enrolling in managed care plans ?

    I don’t understand what the state’s attachment to surplus land is ?  The film tax credit was a joke anyway….the other states that have it are coming to that realization too.

    But the PR fight that actually makes no sense is the wage and hiring freeze…even though $$-wise it wouldn’t make a huge difference, the perception is that lawmakers aren’t even sensitive to what has been going on in the private sector for over a year (wage cuts in many cases).  I would think that would be a no-brainer.  There I go again setting unrealistic expectations again (sigh….).

  • nomad943

    The television news is reporting that our illustrious Senate President is now commenting that the turnpike toll increase should still go into effect in July despite the sales tax increase … its just not enough money is what she is saying.

    Who would have thunk it? (scratching head)

    Didnt the pols all say that … oh yeah, there would never be both a toll hike and a GAS TAX increase, they never did actualy mention anything about a sales tax-toll hike combo.

    The joke is on us … hah hah