To the Editor:
On March 29, I joined my legislative colleagues on both sides of the aisle in a bipartisan vote in supporting a mitigation package to deal with $220 million deficit for the current fiscal year. Unfortunately, many majority party legislators still do not recognize the need to change the way state government operates, in order to stop our perpetual budgetary shortfalls.
I, along with House and Senate Republicans, proposed an alternative budget in 2015 that was summarily dismissed. The budget passed in June, which I voted against, was loaded with tax hikes on individuals and state businesses and provided no structural changes to how state government is run. Now that we are in perpetual budget crisis, I have done my best to help find a way to restore proposed cuts that would have been harmful to the communities in my district.