Guest Column: How to Bridge the Budget Gap

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’ve told lawmakers repeatedly that the task of balancing our state’s budget this go-round would be difficult but doable. Now, as the clock counts down to the end of the regular session on May 30, it’s fair to ask our leaders to meet our needs, not our wants.

The House and Senate budgets may seem worlds — or billions of dollars — apart in their budgets for state spending over the next two years. To bridge the $6 billion to $7 billion gap in their versions of the budget, there ...

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