Legislators Lambast ‘Pinocchio’ Day
During the Budget and Finance Meeting of the County Legislature on Thursday, November 06, 2014 much angst was expressed that no representative of Day’s office was in attendance to hear the plight of Sheriff Falco and his patrol. In Day’s absence a number of the County Executive’s apparent “fibs” to the legislators were litanized. All of this made for great theatre.
While comedic Pinocchio was not present, there was however a tragic elephant in the room with a $138.5 million deficit sign hung around its neck. Therein lies the core of the County’s tragicomedic predicament.
Day sent the legislature a “proposed” budget but the truth of the matter is that it could be torn up if the legislators so desired because Day does not have enough votes to uphold any veto he might sign on whatever budget the legislature eventually returns to him.
Much of the legislature’s angst derives from its realization that it is between Day’s ‘hard rock’ of budget cuts and the taxpayers’ ‘hard place’ of no tax increase above the tax cap.
So what will the legislators do about their $138.5 million dollar deficit elephant and their quixotic Pinocchio?
Many of them seem to have realized that Day has placed them in a no-win position. If they let cuts in personnel stand they must live with the knowledge that husbands and wives will be without income. If they restore the cuts they will have to live with the knowledge that many of their own colleagues will be without their legislative seats in the November 2015 election after an angry public renders its verdict.
Who will be trampled by the County’s rampaging multi-million dollar elephant? Will it be all of the Sheriff’s horses and all of his men, or, will it be the legislators themselves in the November 2015 elections?
We will not know the outcome until later this month. What we do know however is that some people, somewhere, are going to be hurt by the $138.5 million dollar elephant presently being straddled by the legislature’s ‘Pinocchio’ who desperately wants to be rescued from its back.
Stand aside everyone this is not farce but slapstick as we wait to see whether Pinocchio will slap the elephant harder or the legislature will drive a shaft into its heart.