Sen. Bill Sapien was defending his bill to move money from higher education to early education, and the Senate Finance Committee wasn’t buying.
“We’re all trying to skin the cat for early childhood education,” said Republican Sen. Sue Wilson Beffort.
“The problem is,” added Democrat Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino, “We’re all skinning the same cat.”
I like to make fun of political cliches, but I can also appreciate the power of a phrase, however overused, to communicate, especially in a session as charged and raw as this one. We heard a lot about “stepping up to the plate,” “kicking the can down the road,” and balancing the budget on somebody’s back.