The Massachusetts House of Representatives is in formal session today to consider a supplemental budget. A good portion of that budget is relief for the victims of the Tornadoes in Western and Central Massachusetts. As is the usual case however, other pet projects and spending is attached as well.
By coupling those other projects with tornado relief, the Speaker is setting up any Republican that votes no on the supplemental budget to be painted as someone that doesn’t support those in need after a major natural disaster. The Speakers office and Minority Leader’s office should come to an agreement to allow members to vote for Tornado Relief while voting against the supplemental budget. This tragedy is not something to play politics with.