Time is ticking and still no budget, either for the quickly passing FY 16 or the new fiscal year FY 17. What has to happen for the state leadership to end this game? It appears that both the Democrat and Republican leadership is more concerned in positioning the other side to take the blame for the continued lack of a budget, than in finding a way forward. In the meantime social service agencies continue to dissolve, vendors go unpaid and struggle to meet their own bills, businesses and families leave and our schools and higher education institutions suffocate.
It is time for the blame shifting to stop and for true leadership to emerge. The time is at hand for true bipartisan problem solving that reaches beyond the rank and file to include the power players at the top. Everyone knows there is no easy answer, but an answer must be found. There should be one agenda and one priority in both of the state houses and in the governor’s office — avert this fiscal crisis and put the state back on track. If you cannot, then step aside and let others more capable of leadership proceed forward.
Lynn Jarman, executive director, LINC Inc., Swansea
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