We will be hearing, to the point of nausea, for the next 60 days lots of debate about the State Budget. We certainly are not in as bad of shape as California, Arizona, Illinois and most of the other states. But all of the rhetoric over the next few months as state legislatures convene will be about their budgets. Revenues, Taxes, expenditures and cost cutting will be the subject of much 'word barf'. (I heard that term on Bill Maher this weekend.)
As these debates go on it seems that we need another kind of budget discussed. And that is the 'Moral Budget.' I am not sure exactly what that should entail as lawmakers set about their business, but I know it is about more than just dollars and cents. It is about poverty, justice, gun laws, extremism and any other number of topics. I am thinking this will get little or no attention as the questions of appropriations and taxes get worked over. But just the same someone should present a Moral Budget to the New Mexico legislature.
Maybe 'Think New Mexico 'could do it. Or some community and private foundations. It should become an annual thing that gets at least a bill sponsor and hearing. It would certainly be time better spent than debating the wisdom of a new kind of license plate for someone's favorite constituency.