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Budget Shortfalls Abound in 2018 States

Cooper is advising Northam and Graham on their campaigns.

Zach C. Cohen
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Zach C. Cohen
July 18, 2017, 11:05 a.m.

“[N]early three quarters of the 33 states facing budget shortfalls this fiscal year and next will elect governors by November 2018.”

“Republicans are … blaming two Democratic governors on the ballot next year for their respective states’ delays. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) skipped the NGA summit to continue talks with the legislature and Republican Speaker Mike Turzai, a likely challenger. Rhode Island state Rep. Joe Trillo (R), who is exploring a bid for the GOP nomination to challenge Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo, said … that a budget standoff … ‘shows no leadership’ from the governor. Raimondo countered Saturday that the onus was on Democratic legislators to ‘do their job, pass a budget, and put people first.’”

“Democratic candidates are also targeting a pair of red states, Kansas and Oklahoma, where term-limited GOP governors have grappled with structural deficits.

Term-limited Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) “faced opposition during negotiations from members of both parties who are eyeing her job. … Fallin called state House Democratic Leader Scott Inman, a 2018 candidate, an “obstructionist” because he “chose to lock up his caucus” against her proposals. And Republican Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb quit the Cabinet when Fallin proposed increasing fees to balance the budget. ‘The lieutenant governor, he’s been running for governor for a long period of time, and it’s just a political decision he had to make,’ Fallin said.”

The chairs of the DGA and RGA, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), both govern states that have yet to pass a budget.

Other notable incumbents who have grappled with budget issues: Govs. Bruce Rauner (R) of Illinois, Bill Walker (I) of Alaska, Charlie Baker (R) of Massachusetts, and Andrew Cuomo (D) of New York. (National Journal)

ROY’S THEIR BOY. Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and former Rep. Gwen Graham (D-FL) “are among those who’ve debriefed with” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D), “and DNC chair Tom Perez has expressed interest in learning from” his 2016 victory. (Politico)

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