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Tax-and-spend ways continue

Every year since 2003, the General Assembly, over the objections of legislative Republicans, has passed unbalanced budgets that are predicated on either higher taxes, a scheme of skipping scheduled payments to the state’s retirement systems and vendors, or raiding dedicated funds. The proposed Fiscal Year 2017 and Fiscal Year 2018 budget “fix” continues that same old playbook, after legislative Democrats walked away from the negotiating table early this week.

The spending plan was largely passed on a partisan roll call, with all Senate Republican lawmakers voting against yet another unbalanced budget. 

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