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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

UPDATE: Dems Make Some Concessions on Spending/Tax Cuts

From Melinda Deslatte of the Associated Press,

House Democratic lawmakers are offering to scale back spending in next year's $29.7 billion budget proposal by $100 million to free up more room for tax breaks - an offer that falls short of what Republicans sought, but that budget negotiators hope will break a partisan logjam.

Democratic leaders are apparently conceding spending reductions in salaries and raises for currently vacant state jobs. However, there is still no word on the nearly 1,000 new jobs that Blanco is trying to add to the state dole, the offered tax relief falls far short of the amount Republicans are committed to, and the budget as it stands would still likely require future tax increases to maintain.

It is obvious that Blanco and her bullies do not have the votes to pass her bloated, irresponsible budget. We must continue to demand accountability and responsibility from our government. Call your legislator now!

Read full story here.

Take action:

  • Call your state legislator (House (225) 342-6945, Senate (225) 342-2040), tell them to support the responsible Republican plan.
  • Call talk radio in your area (Moon Griffon, (318) 388-2323)
  • Write a letter to the editor at your local paper, tell others about the importance of this legislation on the future of our state.
"A rigid economy of the public contributions and absolute interdiction of all useless expenses will go far towards keeping the government honest and unoppressive." -Thomas Jefferson

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