I’ve read novels with fewer pages than the budget bill. As it stands in GA right now, the budget bill is presented on the last day of the current session, and if Saturday was any indicator, within the last two hours. What this means is that our legislators have little more than a few hours to review how they will be spending our money. No one could possibly be able to read and understand the budget in that amount of time. So, what happens when our legislators are completely unaware of how money is being spent? You get the state government buying extraneous buildings for $13 million from huge banks! Awesome!
HB 4 is currently desk-drawered in the Senate Executive committee, headed by Thurman Adams. This bill amends the Delaware Code to require “the annual Budget Bill and Bond Bill to be introduced no later than five (5) legislative days prior to June 30th. This Bill requires the Bond Bill to be introduced no later than three (3) legislative days prior to June 30nd. Any amendment would be introduced no later than June 27th for the Budget Bill or June 29th for the Bond Bill.” (link) This gives critical time for the legislators to review the budget before amending and then voting on it.
The only way we can get this bill out of Sen. Adam’s clutches is to make our voices heard. Please sign the petition to get HB 4 out of committee. It’s just good government.