From an article in yesterday's paper:
"As for the proposed tax cut, which House Republicans have put at $230 million tax cut and Huntsman has settled on $60 million, Senate Republicans remained undecided after a Tuesday lunch caucus."
We keep reading that the Senate is undecided as to how much they will recommend for a tax cut. It ain't indecision, folks. It's a commitment to responsible decision-making.
The budget surplus is not government money. It is your money, taken by force. We think we owe it to you to do our homework, take time to understand competing priorities, and make as wise a series of decisions as we are able. We will make decisions when it is appropriate to make them, and not before.
We're talking about a sudden infusion of hundreds of millions of dollars. If you came into that kind of money (which you have) you would, hopefully, be very thoughtful about the best way to use it. You should expect the same from your elected leaders.
Of course you pay too much tax. We'd love to give it all back. You also have expressed desperate needs in areas like education, transportation, and economic development. How should we balance that? We have a massive surplus this year but how much of that can we count on next year - and the year after that?
A public fistfight would sell a lot more papers, but you're not going to find that here. Probably. If you want drama go to a movie. If you want responsible decision making done in a careful, deliberative manner, grab a Diet Coke and come visit us.
The Senate will come out with a series of decisions and recommendations soon enough - and in plenty of time for a robust democratic debate.