We will have the opportunity in September to attempt to overturn some or all of the Governor’s vetoes. It will take every one of the Republican Caucus members to overturn a veto so it’s not as easy as it sounds. Our tax bill was vetoed, as were several second amendment issues. There are still many bills on his desk that he hasn’t yet addressed, but it’s a sure thing that he isn’t through with his veto pen. I think what bothers me most is that some of the bills that he is vetoing are his own creations. We used the exact wording supplied us by the Governor’s staff in the tax bill. After he was approached by special interests, he changed his position on the bill and now he’s found a loophole to make it look like he’s saving the state from bad laws!
There are a record number of interim committees working this summer. We have several crucial issues to address next session and the more we can learn about the issues now, the better equipped we will be to make good decisions, One thing we keep learning more about is the proposed Medicaid expansion. Many of the initial promises concerning cost of services have been rescinded and many of the services promised have been changed. We are now hearing that many things originally included in “affordable health care “ are no longer affordable. The committees are looking at ways to reform our current Medicaid services and eliminate some things that were never intended to be in the program. The thought is that there are enough savings to expand many areas of Medicaid without increasing the burden on taxpayers. Remember, they are our dollars even if they come from the Federal Government instead of the State.
Food For Thought this week: Only in America ...could they have had the two people most responsible for our tax code, Timothy Geithner (the head of the treasury department) and Charles Rangel (who once ran the Ways and Means Committee) BOTH turn out to be tax cheats who are in favor of higher taxes.
More next week, until then I am and remain in your service.