In a year where many thought it could not be done, the Legislature managed to agree on a budget that was called "a triumph of the middle". The Children's Alliance and Chambers of Commerce agreed and praised the budget as a bi-partisan success. With the economy showing small gains and demand for services leveling off, this year we could work on reforms that can help us not just this session but into the future. We also made no further cuts to education, both K-12 and Higher Ed. This seemed impossible at the beginning but it is because moderates on both sides of the aisle worked together to get what was best for the state taxpayers and users of the state's services.
Here is a list of some things that were protected. Besides education we saved critical funding for:
*Adult Day care, Meals on Wheels and other support services for disabled senior citizens
*Childcare for low-income working women
*Basic Health Plan
*Youth Suicide Prevention funding
*Home care support for the disabled
WE also voted for a 4 year Balanced budget reform that will protect our core priorities in the future.