Governor Napolitano has written an Op Ed piece in the Wall Street Journal blasting the Bush administration for increasing the burden on State governments.
Before anyone in Washington seriously contemplates a second "stimulus package" aimed at reviving the economy, I would offer two succinct pieces of advice: First, take a Hippocratic Oath to do no harm to state budgets. Second, ensure that Washington "pays its bills," just as we require of everyone else.
Hmm, before you take Napolitano's criticism seriously, consider one of her proposals to balance the Arizona budget.
One of Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano's proposals for reducing a state budget shortfall would put a financial hit on counties already facing lean financial times.
The idea is to shift the costs for incarcerating some prisoners from the state to the counties.
The move was intended to save the state a projected $60.8 million as it tries to erase a projected revenue shortfall that the governor pegs at $1.2 billion.
So she's blasting Bush for increasing the burden on the states while simultaneously proposing to shift the burden to the counties. It takes a fine legal mind to argue both sides of an issue simultaneously.
She finishes her Wall Street Journal piece with this admonition.
The federal government should accept its responsibility, do no harm and pay its bills. Once it does, we can work together to improve the quality of life for those we are privileged to represent.
Great advice indeed Governor.