For the past three years, I voted in favor of our State Budgets.  In my view, unlike in prior years, the last three budgets were relatively responsible - making some small investments where needed, and protecting the most vulnerable.

Indeed, if it had been solely up to me, I would have made some different spending decisions through the years (increased investment in tourism promotion, for example).  But, the development of a State Budget is a collaborative process with a great deal of give and take.  And, in the end, I did believe in each of the last three years, that we had a sound, sustainable budget in front of us.

While I am very hopeful that this trend will continue, I am concerned that the louder and louder calls for increased spending and new state programs will start to gain traction.

Rest assured, I will continue to do all I can to ensure the trend we have just recently begun of sustainable spending continues.