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Dan Walters: Budget nut remains uncracked

posted Apr 26, 2011, 9:10 PM by Gary Jones   [ updated Apr 29, 2011, 9:50 AM ]
Dan Walter's article from April 26, 2011 concerning the state budget provides an insight on the state budget. Here is an excerpt, with a link to the full article below.

For weeks, Brown negotiated with a few Republican senators who were evidently willing to place an extension of temporary taxes before voters if public pension and budget reforms were part of the ballot package.

The talks eventually collapsed. Brown says, in effect, the Republicans demanded too much, but it's also evident that he, Democratic lawmakers and their allies, especially public employee unions, got cold feet.

Private and public polls indicated that if taxes, pension reforms and a spending limit were placed on the ballot, voters might easily reject the taxes and pass the two others.

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