Truth or dare
Apparently those doomsayers who have predicted that the state faces a more than $300 million budget gap in the next biennium are way off the mark. Just ask Governor Benson, who has assured his citizenry that the budget gap will be a mere $150 million – a walk in the park, to coin a phrase.
Besides, who are you going to believe about upcoming deficits? Your choices:
• Those numbers-crunching nerds at the Center for Public Policy Studies think tank — who produced the $300 million forecast.
• The guy who predicted he would cut $50 million from the current budget through savings and efficiencies — $11 million from technology savings alone.
Maybe it’s a toss-up – neither the $300 million deficit nor the millions in savings have appeared yet.