Budget mistake brings rebukeThat Bluto Blutarsky and his Delta House pals running things in Richmond didn't know how much cash they had on hand is one thing, to keep it a secret is another one. A much bigger one. A go-directly-to-jail-do-not-stop-at-GO one.
Report chides Warner administration for not alerting Kaine
By Michael Hardy, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer
Top fiscal officials in the Warner administration knew about a major budget mistake involving schools funding for seven months before Gov. Timothy M. Kaine independently learned about the $137 million error.
The crux of the original problem was that tax and finance analysts overestimated the amount of cash available for distribution to school districts in each year of the two-year budget because they did not take into account the speeded-up reduction of the sales tax on groceries. (link)
So how do our government watchdogs react? Like your 14-year old bassett hound:
The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission recently investigated what some lawmakers described as the embarrassing mistakes. It concluded that greater scrutiny is required to avoid a repetition of the fiscal foul-up.No shit.
We got to do something ...You know what we are gonna do? Toga party!
I have a better idea. How about you recommend that a few of our paid employees do a perp walk to a state lockup nearest you? How about somebody gets fired? How about we ask a few questions of Mark Warner (between stints on morning network talk shows)? What did you know and when did you know it? How about someone demand - some day - exacting government accountablility for our hard-earned money?
And these guys demand a tax hike. Not in this life, pal.