Monday, March 14, 2011

State of the State

Governor Bill Haslam is about to present his first budget proposal:

A Governor in Tennessee has a fruitless power of veto, one where his or her objection to final legislation can be overridden by a simple majority. In very practical terms, that means that the Governor already knows that it is in his best interest to present a budget which a large Republican majority in a conservative Legislature is going to find to be acceptable. If he does not, that majority is liable to present a final budget in turn that is to their liking, and they have the ability to tell the Governor that they will pass what they like and there isn't a thing he can do about it.

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