Question

Is the Governor’s veto really all that bad?

My sense is that it is because a reworked budget will just include more pork and less tax relief. But is it that bad? After all, we saw how the House and Senate scrambled at the last minute to throw the damn thing together. Might it be better to have a special session where that is the sole focus and figure out a more reasonable budget package?

Nah, I didn’t think so either.

8 comments

  1. Icarus says:

    Looking at it another way, it may not be that bad, unless you’re Sonny.

    For Sonny to avoid being a lame duck, he needs to keep Richardson and Cagle on opposite sides, and play one against the other.

    With the already tired legislators being called back for a special session, there may be some pressure from both sides for Glenn and Casey to work a little more closely together next session.

    If they actually decided to work together next session (suspend reality for a moment to consider that), they could pass the budgets early in the session, taking away Sonny’s veto or line item veto powers completely.

    If they do, Sonny’s completely irrelevant. And is that such a bad thing, if it’s the ultimate result of his veto?

  2. Doug Deal says:

    Me too.

    Lets see, what’s are the stages of grief?

    Denial – CHECK

    Anger – CHECK

    Barganing – CHECK

    Depression – CHECK

    Acceptance – and with this post, the cycle is complete. Hakuna matata.

  3. freeloader says:

    The irony is that during the first few weeks of this legislature, before the Peachcare fiasco, everybody was talking about how the session was going to be one of the shortest in recent memory.

  4. GAWire says:

    Icarius … or Sonny and his people just aren’t nearly as smart and effective as people give them credit for.

  5. bowersville says:

    IMHO, I don’t think it’s a good idea at all at this point.

    “Instead of spending excess revenue collected by the State during the fiscal year, the leadership in both bodies demanded it be returned to the taxpayer.”

    http://www.thehartwellsun.com/articles/2007/04/19/opinions/opinion08.txt

    thehartwellsun.com opinion page article “Fiscal conservatism shown by both houses of the state legislature” if the link is bad.

    I’m not singling any one out intentionally, but similar articles have to be out not only in this district, but over the state.

    Get a grip, these representatives and senators have been left high and dry.

  6. ToddH says:

    I’m watching the live broadcase of the House debate and a succession of Reps. are linking this to a defense of the independence of the legislature. Dubose Porter was especially eloquent. Their maybe a few brownosers lingering to cozy up to Sonny but it looks like this override in the House will over overwhelmingly against the governor.

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