MTGOP Breaks Legislative Session Again!

by jhwygirl

Even the old timers I know can’t recall a more lunatic legislature. One of the most conservative on that list recently told me that they thought the Governor was right with his budget and they (the legislature) were “a bunch of idiots.”

I was floored.

Anyways….the Republican controlled 62nd Legislature took its unprecedented 2nd break of the session today, coming back on Tuesday.

These breaks aren’t saving any money – in fact, they’re costing the taxpayers and inconveniencing the legislative staff who still have to stick around.

The first break (April 14th) cost the taxpayers somewhere around $60,000. This current break will cost over $75,000.

Republicans are taking the break because they are waiting on the Governor’s veto of HB2, the main budget bill.

There are other components to the budget bill, though – and combined together they represent the “bottom dollar” and Governor Schweitzer is saying it’s impossible to be responsible with the budget without seeing the entire picture.

And I’ve yet to hear from anyone in the MTGOP as to why that doesn’t make sense.

Which, of course, they can’t say because The Governor Needs To See The Whole Budget!

Look – what I wonder is why someone in the media isn’t getting Senate President Jim Peterson or Speaker of the House Mike Milburn on camera and asking them how they expect the Governor to responsibly review a budget when he doesn’t have the entire thing.

This cat-and-mouse game being played up there in Helena is getting frustratingly boorish. By taking these breaks, the Republicans want to be able to pin the costs of the upcoming special session on the Democrats or on Governor Brian Schweitzer when the Democrats and Governor Brian Schweitzer have told them to put the federal funding back in the budget. They’ve tried to adequately fund the schools (and considering the state’s been sued for lack of adequate funding, their concerns are well-placed) and the Republicans have ignored those requests also.

Here’s a hint: The public aint’ buying it.

My view looking in says that people are getting sick of some of the obvious fights Republicans are picking this session – let’s not forget the attacks on gays and local governance – and if they think they are going to hand the Governor an incomplete budget and then expect to be able to blame him when they go into special session they are either up there smoking crack or…..

Or they are home in their districts smoking crack.

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  1. when brian gets done with the branding iron,

    the voters who sent these GOP bum steers to helena are gonna start up their BBQ’s and put the steel to their butcher knives in 2012 after this sad sorry spectacle of failure finally goes to the slaughterhouse.

    there will be blood….

  2. It’s indemic, it’s genetic, and i have to admit Schweitzer has a pair, using those huevos putting down these conservative/Repug diseases.

    Who do you feel runs the Repug Party in Montana – is it Rehberg or some Constitutionalists ? Gays Guns Gawd More money for the Rich No Safety Nets for anyone… etc who’s philosophical direction do the MT Repug/Patriots but no doubt the Repug constituency

  3. Ryan Emmett Morton

    I concur.

  4. Publius II

    ANOTHER break?!! It’s another episode of ‘Tea Baggers gone wild’!!!! Unbelievable, how can the ‘fiscally’ sensitive GOP justify their ‘spring break’ costs? Oh, I know, just deny a month’s worth of meals-on-wheels!!!




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