Paraphrasing, of course.
From the Seattle Times Editorial Board:
State budget is officially signed — and utterly unsustainable
GOV. Chris Gregoire has signed the supplemental budget for the year to end June 30, 2011. It is not sustainable.
The budget pays for current programs by diverting money from long-term investments like water treatment and contributions to state employee pension funds. It relies on one-time federal money and on college tuition increases too large to be repeated indefinitely. It is a budget that keeps most programs alive and most state workers employed, while taking the least possible responsibility for the long term.
In other words, it does the exact opposite of what Chris Christie is trying to do to the budget in New Jersey.
Budgeting this way is a failure of leadership — of the governor and of House Speaker Frank Chopp, D-Seattle; Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Spokane; Senate Ways & Means Chair Margarita Prentice, D-Renton, and others.
Those “others” are all Democrats as well. The Times just didn’t have enough room in the editorial to name them all.
The budget is carried on the backs of the people, who are in the same recession the state is. We had our own burdens to carry. We have had to adjust, to reset our plans. The state, for the most part, has not. Officials talked about abolishing boards and commissions, and legislators zapped a few ones you’ve never heard of. But they didn’t have the courage even to get rid of the state liquor stores.
The Times then comes up with a long list of what Gregoire and the Dems could have done to create a sustainable budget, and then closes with this:
This is the issue that should inform voters in the midterm elections in November.
I think it’s safe to say the Times won’t be endorsing many Democrats this Fall…