new Maconite. (Maconer?)
Good move, Sonny.
Based on my limited understanding of the budget process, I think not planning for known costs, like paying prosecutors and adult literacy teachers for the whole year in the regular budget, is not prudent. It seems that lawmakers depend on the supplemental budget to make up for stuff like this due to low revenue estimates made when the regular budget is prepared.
Those of you who are better acquainted with the process please correct me if my understanding is wrong.
I do hope this battle changes the way the yearly budgets are done in the future. If supplemental budgets were used just only for unforeseen costs, emergencies, and budget items that grow during the year due to population growth, I think these kinds of battles could be avoided.
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