Here’s an axiom for this year: Cliches and platitudes will grow in inverse proportion to the state’s budget.
We will “pick the low-hanging fruit,” “tighten our belts,” “share the pain” and “bite the bullet.”
As legislators debate all the ways for the state to pay its bills this year, some are taking a longer view. Even without an economic downturn, there’s no way the state could maintain the trajectory of its spending. It’s time, they say, to restructure state government.