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CAPITOL REVIEW: Fiscal tailgating made budget debacle more painful


Last updated 6/17/2020 at 12:25pm

Tailgating on the highway presents an obvious danger: drivers in a reckless hurry, traveling too fast, following the car ahead too closely. When someone taps the brakes, a chain reaction ensues, and the resulting collision is far worse than if everyone had been driving cautiously and responsibly.

Fiscal tailgating at the State Capitol has made budget cuts even more painful in the wake of the COVID shutdown. In times of prosperity, lawmakers saved next-to-nothing for the next economic downturn, spending literally 99 percent of all general tax revenues collected since the last recession. W...

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