Gov. Lynch has proposed dramatic reductions to the state budget, including up to 300 employee layoffs, that he projects will cut overall state spending by 1 percent. That would be the first time state spending has fallen since Gov. Benson cut the budget by a third of a percent in 2005. Benson was politically crucified for his efforts.
When former Health and Human Services Commissioner John Stephen, a Benson appointee, proposed closing the Tobey School and eliminating direct medical education for hospitals, the left called him cruel and Gov. Lynch disapproved. Yesterday Lynch proposed both of those cuts.