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What will our legislators accomplish?
If you ask a state legislator, particularly one who’s been around for a few terms, what their priorities are for the upcoming session, they’ll solemnly say something along the lines of, “Pass a balanced state budget.” That’s the same thing as saying that one of your priorities for the next day is to breathe oxygen or drink water – that pretty much is always going to occur, unless you happen to drop dead unexpectedly. Legislators can always be counted on to pass a balanced budget. That’s one of the few things that does get done in a typical session. So let’s move on to other topics. The General Assembly session that convened this week could end up being dominated by personality conflicts between one chamber and the other, and even within one chamber, because of the people who are running for something else.