Republican state senators took an opportunity to demonstrate an ancillary danger to the commonwealth of not having a budget in place on time. The lack of a budget creates desperation that cynical politicians can play to their advantage.
Last week the Senate passed a fiscal code bill, one of the underlying requirements for a budget. It authorizes the spending that eventually will be part of the budget.
The bill includes amendments that provide a variety of gifts to the fossil fuel industries, thus avoiding dealing with those issues on their merits . . .