Mar 04, 2012 10:09 PM GMT
Some extremist leftists here severely overestimate the strength they have just as Democrats have apparently in Washington State.
Epic Miscalculation Prompts Three Moderate Democrats to Bolt, Throwing Control to GOP – Hasn't Happened in 25 Years
UPDATE, 2 a.m, March 3.--After 10 hours of some of the fieriest debate ever witnessed on the Senate floor, the Republicans and rebel Democrats passed their budget and associated bills, all by votes of 25-24.
[...] Despite their slim 27-22 majority in the Senate, Senate Democratic leaders chose this year to write a budget without Republican input, ignoring critics, unlike their bipartisan effort last year that brought both sides to the table.
The result was a budget that left moderates and Republicans cold. It didn’t solve this year’s billion-dollar budget shortfall with the big cuts that would have brought spending into line with tax revenue. And it actually made the state’s long-term problems worse. Majority Democrats in the House and Senate are proposing that the state shift hundreds of millions of dollars in current expenses to the 2013-15 budget, when the state already expects to face a shortfall of between $1 billion and $2 billion.
Something had to give – and what gave was party discipline.
“I am not lending my vote to any party,” said state Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Hoodsport. “I am representing the people of my district, and I believe they want a fiscally responsible budget, one that balances revenues with expenditures.”