Amidst some breaking political news in Louisville on Friday, I missed this Bronx cheer for Governor Steve Beshear from fellow Democrat and House Speaker Greg Stumbo:
"As for the good news that furloughs appear to be over, I think I speak for members of both sides of the House in saying that we applaud the governor for recognizing the unfairness of this policy..."
Stumbo also commended Beshear for "finally following the recommendations of the General Assembly to forgo this practice.”
Stumbo echoes the sentiments of Beshear's Republican opponent in the 2011 governor's race, Senate President David Williams, who said Friday that Beshear's furloughs "were nothing more than a politically motivated budget gimmick to give Steve Beshear a talking point in a television ad. "
The Courier-Journal's Joe Gerth picks up on the bipartisan digs in his Monday column.
Stumbo and Beshear aren’t on the best of terms and haven’t been for quite some time, and Stumbo has been critical of Beshear a number of times over the past couple years, especially after he submitted a budget that was based in part on revenue from expanded gambling even though Beshear had little chance of passing legislation to allow slot machines at race tracks during the 2010 session of the legislature.
Here is Stumbo's full statement:
“Today’s announcement about May’s receipts is further evidence that the economy is slowly recovering from the recession caused by the last administration in Washington. As for the good news that furloughs appear to be over, I think I speak for members of both sides of the House in saying that we applaud the governor for recognizing the unfairness of this policy, particularly as it relates to the hardship it caused lower-paid state employees. We commend him for finally following the recommendations of the General Assembly to forgo this practice.” – House Speaker Greg Stumbo