I will believe it when I see it.
However, should the Democrats’ plans turn into an actual budget, I expect there will be a lot of criticism of this:
[Speaker Donovan] says the proposal includes higher income tax rates on wealthier taxpayers.
But I also expect that if the Democrats have any brains, they’ll make a clear contrast to the public between Rell’s budget, which doesn’t raise taxes but does close schools and courthouses (and severely cuts funding to public libraries), and a Democratic budget which raises taxes on the rich while saving those services.
I wonder why they didn’t do this a long time ago? Maybe the idea was to let Rell’s proposed budget sit out there for a while before riding to the rescue. Or maybe they just didn’t have consensus. And maybe they’d like a little more time to let ads like this one from SEBAC to percolate:
In any event, if they pass a budget and the governor vetoes it before the end of the fiscal year, the ball goes back to Rell’s court.