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July 13, 2009

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Jack -

Zero-based budgeting, omnibus budgeting, and Price of Government-style reorganizations are nothing but gimmicks. The only difference that will be made will be wearing out the House and Senate Fiscal Agencies and State Budget Office to achieve a near-identical document sorted a bit differently. Basic programs and staff don't change from year to year; only a few offices or divisions might be yanked in such an exercise, and certainly not enough to justify completely wrecking what little remains of the working budget process.

The real problem is the lack of leadership and the inability of the Legislature to put on its big boy/girl pants and either jack up taxes or hack out their own favorite programs. Can we please end term limits, now?

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