Unbalanced priorities, poor leadership in balanced budget

A RETURN TO OLD-STYLE POLITICS? House Finance Committee Chairman Marvin L. Abney, left, with House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, right, have devised a $9.2 billion spending plan for fiscal 2018 that moves money around in odd ways to come into balance.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/
ELI SHERMAN
A RETURN TO OLD-STYLE POLITICS? House Finance Committee Chairman Marvin L. Abney, left, with House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, right, have devised a $9.2 billion spending plan for fiscal 2018 that moves money around in odd ways to come into balance. / PBN FILE PHOTO/
ELI SHERMAN
In dealing with $134 million in red ink from fiscal years 2017 and 2018, the state’s elected leaders have generated a strong – and unpleasant – sense of déjà vu. The current deficit is driven by a revenue shortfall, as well as increased spending for initiatives strongly supported by both House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello…

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