How do you know the budget situation is bad, but really not as bad as the General Assembly is making it out to be?
They've decided to raise the prices of the subsidized meals that legislators enjoy in the cafeteria in the basement of the General Assembly building by 10 percent. Current prices cover the cost of food, but the rest of us are paying for the labor to prepare the meals.
So things are just bad enough to raise prices 10 percent, but not bad enough to still allow the full cost of the meals to be subsidized by the taxpayers.
Apparently, budget writers must make supposed drastic and serious cuts to health care, education and human services, but they are OK with the taxpayers picking up most of the tab for their lunches. Priorities…