Put aside, for the moment, the expected $400 million hole in next year’s General Fund. (The Legislature sure would like to forget about it for awhile.)
Lawmakers already have shot down the governor’s proposed solution — paying General Fund costs with Education Trust Fund money. Legislative budget-writers are struggling to craft budgets without tax increases that don’t devastate state agencies. Wish them luck, because without new revenue, it is an impossible task to write balanced budgets without ravaging some parts of state government.