One of the guys in the arena is Rep. Christopher Rants. Now to some he’s a villain, others see him as a victim. But what is true, is that Rants is intelligent and very knowledgeable about these issues. Fortunately, he also uses his blog and twitter to communicate.
On his website blog he is starting a series of posts that offer areas where our state can save money. This is much needed information and people should go check it out.
His use of Twitter today is phenomenal. If you want to know what’s in Culver’s budget proposal go read it here. This is what he’s got thus far.
Krusty Kudos to Rep. Rants.
Culver says all $180M of his cuts fr this year carry forward to FY10, LSA & reality disagree, only $80M carry forward - can't cut a bldg 2x
Culver currently planning no changes to current FY09 budget - thinks we'll get by - daily receipts make that unlikely in my opinion
Culver does $0 fund state employee salary bill - so no matter whats negotiated, depts have $0 to pay for it. Bold move for him.
Culver budget $100M short of closing the $779M gap - he uses plug numbers, underfunds medicaid, etc... Leaves a hole for Legislature to fill
Property Tax increase #2 - Culver cuts K-12 allowable growth but not spending authority - allows districts to levy $50M more in prop tax
Property Tax Increase #1 - Culver under funds the homestead prop tax credit by $41M from last year
Culver also proposed killing the Gambler Treatment program - which is funded with gaming revenue - so I think we'll see more shifts
Culver proposes caping the research and activities tax credit - not good for business development
Culver proposes scooping the last $27M in the Senior LIving Trust - and then killing the Trust Fund program - gone forever
Culver budget exempts the AG's Victims Compensation fund of $4M from his reduction - a good move. I hope the Legis Ds follow through on it.
Culver sites $20M in savings from "improving efficiencies"... He should read my blog post on the state vehicle fleet
Culver is calls for $200M in reserve funds in FY2010, AND $56 M in reserve funds for this year as well, FY 09
Culver's budget document just hit the desks in the statehouse