Missouri, probably much like your state, has money trouble.
Mercifully, the state constitution strictly requires a balanced budget. That's because the crackers and muttonheads that run the legislature are generally under indictment by the end of their limited terms, and given unlimited budget authority god knows where we'd be.
Unlike your state however, ours has a plan to restore fiscal responsibility.
Ready for this?
The Powerball Lottery
The state senate is arguing a bill that would require the governor to pony up $2 a week out his own pocket to "invest" in lottery tickets. If he wins, the winnings go to the state.
Pretty cool, eh?
From The Associated Press, February 24, 2010 - 10:16 AM
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Some Missouri lawmakers want the governor to play the lottery in hopes both he and the state will win big.
The House Tax Reform Committee scheduled a hearing Wednesday on a bill that pokes fun at Gov. Jay Nixon's proposed budget.
The measure would require Nixon to buy a $2 lottery ticket each week from his personal paycheck until he wins enough to make up a $300 million budget shortfall.
Nixon's proposed 2011 budget assumes Missouri will get about $300 million if Congress extends the federal stimulus payments to states for an additional six months.