Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
The Pioneer Press repeats the DFL line on the budget – we’re only short $1.1 billion.
- I don’t think the numbers work. We’re short $1.1 billion for day-to-day operating expenses. We short-changed schools $2.4 billion last time but we’re paying back half of that so we’re still short $1.2 billion for that. PLUS we need something for inflation because even if government employees get no raises, the cost of everything from paper clips to blacktop keeps going up.
- It’s more like $2.5 billion we’re short. Tell the truth: we have our own fiscal cliff right here.