April 23, 2008

The Big One's Yet to Come

Justin Katz

Today's Providence Journal has more on the supplemental budget. There's some reason to hope that the General Assembly will manage to avoid making things worse — although without bold changes, treading water could simply mean drifting further out to sea. Here's the key part of the report, though:

The vote marks a significant step forward in the state government's struggle to close massive budget deficits that Governor Carcieri says have pushed Rhode Island to the brink of financial disaster.

But it was just a first step.

The package passed yesterday addresses only the deficit projected for the current fiscal year. It does little to address next year's estimated hole of $384 million, a number that state leaders largely agree will grow substantially when fiscal advisers examine state revenues next month.

This was an emergency lunge. We'll see what the debate looks like when it's not peppered with promises about "next year's budget."

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Treading water is appropriate. Throwing illegal aliens off welfare is easy. Taking on the unions and the hacks full-force is the hard part. The May numbers are going to be fun.

Posted by: Mike at April 23, 2008 9:24 AM

Like the first few drops of rain, the sound you hear is the initial droplets of matter hitting the fan, the droplets soon to become a deluge.

Posted by: Ragin' Rhode Islander at April 23, 2008 11:18 AM

That sound will soon be drowned out by the screams and gnashing of teeth from the poverty pimps, La Raza...err...Progresso Latino, and the unions.

Posted by: Greg at April 23, 2008 11:28 AM
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