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April 2, 2008

Statement by State Senator Sheila Harsdorf on
statewide vote to ban the “Frankenstein Veto”

Harsdorf Applauds Voters for
Banning the Frankenstein Veto

I am pleased that state voters backed efforts to bring about budget reform and tax-and-spend accountability by banning the Frankenstein Veto. In just the past few years, the Frankenstein Veto enabled our Governor to create a $427 million hole in the state’s transportation fund and nearly doubled the allowable property tax increase without any legislative approval. Voters responded by enacting a change that will help restore budget integrity.

No governor should be able to enact new laws by cobbling together parts of sentences. The people clearly recognized the need for good government over partisanship. I am pleased to be part of this reform that will help ensure greater accountability in the budget process.