If you had a dollar for every time conservative “think tanks” like the Locke Foundation lambasted Democratic General Assemblies over the years for the sin of using “one-time money” (i.e. revenues that could not be counted on in subsequent years) to pay for continuing responsibilities like classroom teachers and various human services programs, you might have enough money to rehire one of the teachers conservative lawmakers fired last year (or at least to pay part of the severance package for the staffers from the Speaker’s office who resigned in the wake of recent scandals). If you doubt, just go to the group’s website and do a search for “one-time money.”
And that’s fine. Dems often deserved such criticism — though, in fairness, it was often conservative obstructionism to securing the necessary recurring revenues that made such smoke and mirrors budgeting necessary.
Now, however, the fact that GOP budget-makers are using precisely the same tactic to fund education and other essential services and that it’s the result of their own stubborn and stupid refusal to raise revenue and that the Locke people are lauding the GOP budget really ought to send the hypocrisy meter soaring into the red zone.