This week at you Capitol, the Senate began with a hearing on the budget outlooks for the fiscal year. Unfortunately, the outlook is bleak for the months of March, April, May, and June. As expected, the sharp plummet into the current recession has caused substantial shortfalls in the expected revenues. We heard from State Economist, Dr.
This week, the Legislature shifted focus back to regular business after working to pass the coronavirus relief bill (SB 2772) earlier this month. Before the legislative session was suspended in March, the House was just beginning to take up appropriations and other revenue bills.
Over the past week, we have seen our focus change from the threat of the coronavirus to the threat of racism in America.
Both are real and serious threats, and just because one is in the forefront of the other doesn’t mean that one is a more serious threat in the other. Quite the contrast.
I am angry. I am frustrated. I am sad and hurt.
The events unfolding across our nation, the senseless murder of George Floyd, the riots and the police response has rolled back the curtain of peace and laid bare to the world the injustices our nation perpetuates against our African-American countrymen and women.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, many businesses have experienced or are experiencing shortages, and many businesses have also been forced to lay off employees. These issues prevent people from obtaining necessary items, hurt businesses, and hurt the economy as a whole.