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June, 2005

The 2005 Session: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The 2005 Regular Session of the Legislature was primarily a fiscal session; however, it was also the first meeting of the new, hybrid fiscal and limited-general session that was created by a 2002 constitutional amendment. In addition to fiscal bills, legislators could introduce up to five non-fiscal bills dealing with state concerns and an unlimited […]

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Case for Cigarette Tax Not Yet Made, PAR Says

When it was initially introduced, the state budget for next year left a large healthcare funding gap in spite of considerable belt-tightening. However, there was not the sense of crisis and urgency that has often accompanied the budget presentation. The reason soon became apparent as the state’s fiscal prospects brightened considerably. With improved revenue estimates […]

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