by Max Brantley
This is based on nothing scientific. But reading that Joint Budget today approved $4.5 billion in state general revenue spending for the next fiscal year (July 1), $176 million more than this year, or an increase of almost 4 percent, makes me the slightest bit nervous.
Some of this figures on using reserve money, I know. But everything I've read lately -- from local tax revenues to workforce numbers to predictions on the return of jobs and categorical spending -- just leaves me uneasy. Nothing much seems to be increasing -- not pay, not tax revenue, not the economy.
Call me conservative.