So the the revenue numbers come in, and the taxpayers are good for an additional $47 million, running the new money up to $263 million this year. So what do many in the nation’s most fiscally responsible state want to do? Why spend, spend, spend, of course! How about instead we all take a deep breath and remember that we’re talking about 2 or 3 percent of the total state budget and that we’re not out of the woods yet, let alone safe at grandma’s house eating that delicious pie she makes with the dehydrated apples… Where were we going with this? Oh right, budget stories:
* And winner of the “How Many People Can I Tick Off in One Quote” award goes to Rep. John Dougall. We won’t ruin it for you, but go ahead a listen to KCPW, who was in the right place at the right time on Tuesday.
* A second immigration bill passes the House, requiring businesses to use the E-Verify system. So now we have enforcement on an individual and corporate level. Up next, Rep. Bill Wright’s guest worker program. (Trib)
* We passed a bill giving small school districts more flexibility with how they spend their property tax dollars. (Trib)
* One to keep your eye on: The put-the-sales-tax-back-on-food-bill passed out of a Senate committee on Tuesday. There are a lot of arguments to be made on all sides of this one. Study hard. (Dnews)
* The U.S. Senate’s youngest member stopped by yesterday to tell local lawmakers that his employer is spending too much money. (Herald)