Senate Kills Any Hope Of Using Rainy Day Funds. Racine/Ashe Amendments Squashed.

"Sen. Tim Ashe, D-Chittenden, agreed with Racine, saying he backed the option of using the reserve funds and if the Challenges savings were ultimately realized, the money wouldn’t be used."

Worst economy since the Great Depresssion, we’re told, but…it’s not quite bad enough yet. Vermonters ask: "When exactly will it be bad enough??"

Thanks to the 10 Senators who voted to do the right thing. Now, it’s up to the legislative/executive branches to find $38 million to plug holes–by next week!

Senate Approves Budget (With $20 Million Hole)

"We may be walking out of here with a $20 million hole in the budget," said Sen. Doug Racine, D-Chittenden. "That is a great deal of authority for the legislative branch to cede to the executive branch. After all of our deliberations somebody else is going to figure out how to balance this budget."

Uh oh…  It’s raining heavily today?? Hint, hint…

Sen.Illuzzi Rains On State’s “Big Brother Is Watching” Parade

"The launching of this program makes an assumption that every state employee needs to be watched every minute of every day while at work because they’re doing something wrong," Illuzzi said Wednesday. "To implement a program of this nature suggests that they’re violating employee policies and that they should basically not be trusted."

Note: Turns out the State didn’t tell lawmakers about this software’s ability to record and produce detailed reports about any employee’s web usage.

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