because I didn't want to get political but now that I'm positive it's coming from all parties- democrats, republicans, and independents, I just have to get this off my chest. This state, like many others, has a serious budget issue and must make cuts. Here are the things getting cut out altogether or getting major decreases in funding: k-12 education including mentoring and breakfast programs, most mental health resources & programs including inpatient beds for minors (state level and funding to local jurisdictions), the only Department of Juvenile Justice facility for non-violent juveniles recently closed altogether forcing those to be housed with violent juvenile offenders, preventative programs for high-risk juveniles, assistance for children to get medical insurance, assistance to families in need, ALL state funding to provide services for the homeless, and it's proposed that state employees must take 5 unpaid furlough days over the next two years, probably won't get raises for two years, and the state will probably contribute less to employee's retirement funds. Now if that isn't bad enough in revealing what the priorities are in this state and causng shivers when I think of the long term results of this, it really made me cringe when I read the ONE thing the legislators are complaining about. Are you ready?? The five unpaid days that state employees must take over the next two years. That, apparently, is causing a major stir. I won't even get into some of the stupid laws being passed (like where a concealed gun can be taken) and some of the much needed ones being pushed aside to be dealt with "next year" or failing altogether- like some pertaining to sentencing guidelines for juveniles and implementing recommendations from commissions they formed (and paid) to study issues pertaining to youth for the past two years. Of course that probably has something to do with the fact that the commissions recommended the exact opposite of what they are doing. (No matter a person's position on concealed weapons, is it really the more important than our youth?) I stand firm on this opinion: people in authority seem to have less common sense all the time and it HAS to have a lot to do with the problems our difficult child's have.