Naran started a new thread about the LePage budget. It is a “sticky” thread so it is really important.
It attempts to make the point that while the LePage budget may appear larger, it really isn’t. The proof is the Portland Press Herald article linked in the post. In the bizarro-world of AMG 2011 we now find ourselves in, the PPH has become a trustworthy source!
The article says that $180 million of the budget increase is an accounting change. LePage put stuff in the budget that wasn’t before, but should have been.
I got emails from a LePage supporter to this effect as well.
Well, fine. I support accurate budgeting.
But if you look at the numbers this means the LePage budget is still larger than the last one. By about $263 million.
Thus my original point remains the same. If we were broke, how an overall increase possible? Why is AMG not awash in complaints about LePage selling out? Being a RINO?
Where is the Tea Party?
Naran even refers in her post to some riff-raff complaining about the budget increase- but I’ve been looking and two days later I have still not seen even one post stating outright that the budget is an increase. I’m not sure what Naran is referring too. AMG seems to be towing the LePage line pretty faithfully.
Therefore, I make a small request to persons that post here as well as AMG: Please go to the sticky thread about the budget. Ask Naran directly to write, for the benefit of everyone, the exact difference in millions of dollars between the LePage budget and the last budget in effect.
I would assume you won’t get a straight answer, but I’m curious to see. I’m betting you would be told to “write the Governor with your question and tell us what he says.”
The fact is that LePage wants to control the message about the budget very carefully. He gave his big intro on Thursday, without releasing the actual budget! Then the real budget, the one with numbers and stuff, is dumped on a Friday afternoon. This wasn’t done by chance, people.