Carney signs "budget smoothing" order (Scott Goss)

Given the shelving of HB 460, which would have represented the first of two required votes for a proposed constitutional amendment, the governor elected to sign an executive order that “institutes many of those same recommendations without binding lawmakers to those policies.”

This will reportedly set the stage for the General Assembly to endure a level of “public budget shaming” if it spends beyond the proposed fiscal restraints. “The intent is to lead – to say to the public that this is how we ought to do it,” the governor said. “This is a better way that protects our priorities in down cycles better than our current system.”

Key Democratic leaders in the General Assembly weren’t available for comment, but Senate Republicans cheered the executive order as a sign that the governor “gets it.”
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