We have heard for the past few days that the budget impasse in the state legislature will cause a "doomsday" budget to go into effect July 1 ("Schools, localities face the unknown," April 12).
Examination of the state budgets shows that the so called "doomsday" budget totals $35.3 billion, down from a proposed budget for next year of $35.8 billion. So "doomsday" means the government will have to reduce its proposed budget by 1.4 percent or the roof will cave in. And take note of the fact that the expected spending level for the state this year is $34.8 billion! So the dire budget predictions hinge on the state having to live with more money in the upcoming fiscal year than they had available this year!