The Incredible Shrinking Deficit: Louisville Metro Government has announced that the 2010 fiscal year budget is short by $6 million — a big improvement over 2009′s $29.6 million shortfall, and almost half of the $13 million shortfall that analysts predicted in January. Belt-tightening, an increase in taxes collected from employee pay checks and a bottomed-out economy affirm what Chad Carlton, a spokesman for the Mayor’s Office, called “very modest growth.” Mayor Jerry Abramson will announce a proposal for the 2011 budget this Thursday.
Frankfort’s “Special” Session, Day 2: Members of your hallowed Kentucky state legislature have gathered for the second day in a row to waste another $63,000 (or so) during the week-long Special Session, which Gov. Steve Beshear hopes will yield a budget unlike the past 3 months. Unfortunately, our beloved representatives and senators won’t be discussing anything today because, as Jake @ PageOne says, they’ve already recessed for the day. They plan to reconvene tomorrow, however, which will bring the total cost of this exercise in partisan procrastination/hackery/taxpayer ass-fucking to the tune of $190,000.
Hold The Death-Sprouts, Please: Salmonella-tainted alfalfa sprouts distributed by California-based Caldwell Fresh Foods have sickened 10 people in 22 states, which is bad news, of course, because they bought them at WalMart, where poor people are forced to shop because the prices are so low! Although Kentuckians generally don’t consume any food that isn’t included on a KFC drive-thru menu, the health-conscious among us hopefully shop locally anyway… right? Right?
Can I interest you in a slightly-used, intractable War? From Homeland Stupidity: “The smokescreen debate over earmarks demonstrates how we have lost perspective when it comes to military spending. Earmarks constitute about $11 billion of the latest budget. This sounds like a lot of money, and it is, but it is a drop in the bucket compared to the $708 billion spent by the Pentagon this year to expand our worldwide military presence. The total expenditures to maintain our world empire is approximately $1 trillion annually, which is roughly what the entire federal budget was in 1990!” ZOINKS!
Speaking of Hyper-inflated War Costs: U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Florida, has introduced the “War Is Making You Poor Act,” which limits the Obama Administration’s request for emergency war funding and returns it in the form of $35,000 in non-taxable income FOR EVERY FUCKING AMERICAN. But no, them Muslims are too skary, we should keep spending ourselves blind to kill ‘em all, this bill doesn’t stand a chance.