Monday, May 4, 2009

The House Information Minister

Remember the Iraqi Information Minister? He was the guy who, as US troops swept across the country and into Bagdhad, had the thankless job of standing before the western media and declaring "There are no enemy troops in Bagdhad! Never!"

Well, apparently now the Massachusetts House of Representatives has its own Information Minister in Rep. Kathi-Anne Reinstein, with duties very similar to those of her Iraqi predecessor. Jumping right in with both feet, the Rep/Minister today declared the House budget "balanced" and "a good budget." No better rejoinder can be crafted than this one, posted this evening by the State House News Service:
The House, which built its budget on an estimated $19.5 billion fiscal 2010 tax take and a 25 percent increase in the sales tax, passed the plan Friday night after spending the week adding about $600 million to its original $27.4 billion bottom line. Falling tax collections have led fiscal observers to questions the $19.5 billion base that Gov. Deval Patrick and the House relied on for their budget proposals. The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which estimated in December that tax receipts would top out at $18.5 billion in fiscal 2010, plans to revise its estimate downward by about $500 million this week. In a phone interview, MTF President Michael Widmer said, "It’s safe to say that the House budget’s about a billion and a half out of balance."
A billion and a half out of balance, give or take a few hundred million. Built on a baseline that has been discarded by Governor Patrick and the state Senate. Larded with $600 million and a 25 percent sales tax hike.

Aside from all of that, though, this "good budget" is "balanced."


  1. Wow! Governor Patrick truly is auditioning for a position with the Obama administration.

  2. This blog is fantastic. Keep it up.


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