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Monday, October 12, 2009

Iowa Independent: There's a political upside to budget-cutting

Excerpted from this post at Iowa Independent

As expected, political columnists and Republican leaders are taking shots at Gov. Chet Culver today for the 10 percent, across-the-board budget cut he ordered yesterday. But for all the bellyaching, it's important to remember that the political implications of slashing state spending aren't really so bad. Right now, critics are arguing that the cuts were only necessary because Culver and Democratic leaders in the Legislature spent too much in their Fiscal Year 2010 budget. But on Election Day next year, voters who don't pay as much attention to the barrage of press releases Republicans send out at the end of every legislative session bemoaning increases in spending won't see it that way. Here's how Democrats will tell the story on the campaign trail: Democratic leaders passed a budget at the end of the 2009 legislative session that ended up being too big, based on estimates that were released half a year later.

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