This is not a "Commissioner" issue per se, but it affects us all.
The State Comptroller has just come out with the revenue estimate. It appears that the available general revenue for the upcoming biennium will be 10% less than the previous biennium according to the State Comptroller's Biennial Revenue Estimate (BRE). The new total is $77.1 billion compared to the current biennium's $ 82.5 billion. The BRE confirms that State budget writers will not have extensive flexibility to fund new projects and initiatives.
Will our Legislators have the guts to fund our deteriorating infrastructure, lower higher education costs, restore chip funding, and rein in higher utility and insurance costs? The new speaker gives me hope.
Kuff has more.