To Bond or not to Bond that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler to build schools
for our children now at an outrageous fortune,
Or to take the question to the voters
And they by opposing end the debate.
While William Shakespeare’s Hamlet did not speak those words on the legislative floor this June 23rd, there was a riveting drama that took place in the Legislature on the debate on A2873, the bill that appropriated $3.9 billion for school construction. With the fate of both the pension bill and the state budget pretty much a foregone conclusion, the biggest intrigue to State House observers like myself was whether the Democratic leaders had the votes to pass the school construction bill. The debate on that bill seemed to boil down to the Democrats wanting to pass it now and the Republicans wanting to have it placed on the ballot as a referendum in November. No one really debated the need for the funds; (more…)