Wednesday, May 25, 2022

This Senate budget, at nearly $50 Billion, comes at a time when revenue collections are far exceeding all expectations, and we have a substantial surplus that is growing. We should also respond to the opportunity to help those who pay the bills of our state government – we can achieve that with targeted tax relief and we offered a series of mechanisms to make it happen. The budget makes sound expenditures in many areas, but, given the circumstances we are in, it must do more, by recognizing and responding to the realities being faced by the people who pay the bills of state government. They are struggling with the staggering costs of fuel prices and the impacts of inflation on household budgets.