There's another budget story buried behind Senator Mike Parry's need to talk about his feelings. As demanding of the spotlight the Waseca Republican may be when to comes to acting out, the side drama is illustrative of the legislative majorities' unwillingness to share information (though emotion flows like water from a duck's back right now).
Forum papers' Don Davis's Capitol Notebook includes this peepshow:
Shellito was far from the only commissioner who appeared wary about the legislative budget plans.
Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson has the only budget already approved, but faces a further cut if legislative budgets pass. He did not understand why if his budget already is law he would face further cuts.
“What more shall we do at the Department of Agriculture?” Frederickson asked. “What do you want me to do?”
Lanning’s response: “You are going to have to wait and see what comes out of this process.”
So, despite having a budget the legislature approved and the Governor signed, Commissioner Frederickson is supposed to "wait and see"? While the fiscal year is one thing, the growing season, with farm markets and other needs running across the summer, is another. A little common sense might be helpful, Representative Lanning.