Catch the editorializing in the first line of this AP piece on the new crop of Republican governors:
Incoming Republican governors from Pennsylvania to New Mexico are vowing to keep campaign promises to slice already cut-to-the-bone budgets and balance them without raising taxes.
In doing so, GOP leaders intent on conservative governance signaled a desire to try to fundamentally change state government, shrinking it significantly. And they acknowledged that could mean more job losses and service cuts to already recession-hammered states anticipating more budget trouble ahead.
The article as a whole is pretty even-handed, showing that these incoming governors understand the fiscal challenges ahead of them.
That said, for AP National Political Writer Liz Sidoti to suggest that state government budgets are already “cut-to-the-bone” ignores the profligate record of many state legislatures in recent yeas, a profligacy hidden by the payments in the Democrats’ “stimulus” to fund various state services.
It would be nice if Ms. SIdoti could acknowledge that many of these incoming chief executives face the problems they do because of the profligacy of their predecessors, many of the Democrats.
Looks like Chris Christie’s got some company coming in the new crop of governors-elect.