It appears that Democrats don't really want a budget solution. At least that's what you'd likely conclude if you look at the repeated tactics he has been making, just when negotiations were getting close to a substantive deal.
Yesterday, House Minority Leader and gubernatorial candidate, Scott Inman, pulled together his allies and went to the capitol press room to claim victory in the budget negotiation process. He claims that not only did he get the $215 million dollar deficit patched without reforms or cuts; but he even got Republican leaders to support an extra $345 million in supplemental spending for union employees such as public school teachers. He claims that the Republicans capitulated on
Freshman Representative, Scott Fetgatter accuses Inman of knowingly making up a dfalse narrative. He points out that Inman did a similar move last May when Speaker McCall and Senate Pro Temp Schultz were waiting for hours for Inman to join them for a scheduled budget negotiation.
"Inman will now come out and say 'We had a deal and they reneged.'
If Inman actually agrees to a Republican deal, he will have to defend that budget next year, in a Democrat primary, where former senator, Connie Johnson, is also a strong candidate.
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