Democratic Gov. Mark Parkinson and the Republican-controlled
Legislature must eliminate a projected $328 million deficit in the
budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
He and legislators appear to agree that the package should
include both spending cuts and ways to increase revenue.
But Parkinson and his fellow Democrats want to emphasize
increasing revenues temporarily to help fill in the hole while
Republican leaders are pursing budget cuts first.
At the center of the conflict are proposals to delay scheduled
cuts in estate, income and corporate franchise taxes.