Are legislative leaders and the governor serious, about fixing the state budget? With some observers suggesting most of the problems with the state's $527 million shortfall will be pushed off until after the November elections, state Rep. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) expects lawmakers will be presented with a fix sooner, rather than later. And, as has so often been the case where state financing is concerned, the Whitewater Republican expects this will be a rush job. "For example, we would get notification on Friday to be on the floor on Tuesday, or notification on Monday to be there on Wednesday on Thursday," says Nass. Nass expects this budget fix will be yet another sort term solution to the state's continuing fiscal problem, with accounting gimmicks that don't address the core of it: state government spending too much money.
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