by David Safier
More than 200 people attended a public forum on the state budget held by Democratic members of the state Legislature on Monday evening in the Tempe campus Memorial Union.
For some reason, LD-26 Republican Rep. Vic Williams was there as well. What he said surprised me:
In an interview before the meeting, Rep. Vic Williams, R-Tucson, said the cuts to the 2010 budget could be lower because the Legislature has more time to look for alternate sources of funding. The former governor and Legislature, he said, did not work quickly enough to overcome the projected shortfall in 2009.
“We were caught having to fix a poorly crafted budget,” Williams said. “We did not have time to have effective revenue enhancements.”
Let me make sure I've got this straight. Williams expects the Republicans will look at "alternative sources of funding," including "revenue enhancements" when they're putting together the 2010 budget.