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Candidates review delegation

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By Harold Morgon

This column is an experiment in enhancing the public dialogue. The six candidates for governor were asked a question about an important policy matter outside the common rhetoric of the campaign. I hoped the topic plus the length of the answer, no more than 75 words, would induce some thought on the part of the candidate. The answers would be printed here without editing or comment, other than if an answer wasn’t germane.  You compare and contrast. Ask yourself if the answers are relevant and useful.

I assumed that all candidates would respond to the request for comment and answer the question and gave them four days to respond. All candidates responded. The comment I requested was on Section 14 of the special session’s House Bill 2, “Authority to Reduce Allotments.” It says that if fiscal 2011 general fund projected revenue is short of the appropriations, the governor “shall reduce general fund allotments” and describes the approach.

This is a highly unusual delegation of legislative prerogative. Is this a good idea? A bad idea? A useful idea, given the governor’s continued lack of leadership in addressing the state’s revenue and spending situation?

Here are the responses:


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