Revenue nitpicking might seem like a minor point to the uninitiated but calling out alleged fiscal incompetence is actually a big step forward for Missouri Democratic leaders who might have realized that social justice whining won't help their cause among skeptical voters who care more about money than culture war ranting.
Like it or not, this alleged FAIL totally belongs to the GOP super-majority in Jeff City and Republicans might have a hard time convincing voters of their skill when the State continues to come up short.
Check the note from JaxCo Dems with the important part highlighted . . .
STATE REVENUE EXPECTED TO DROP $418.8 MILLION IN FY 2022
State budget officials expect that net state general revenue collections for the upcoming fiscal year will decline by 4.1 percent compared to the anticipated collections for the current fiscal year, dropping by a hefty $418.8 million.
The governor’s administration and budget leaders in the Senate and House of Representatives agree to the so-called consensus revenue estimate most years just before the annual state budget process gets underway to ensure all parties are working from the same assumptions regarding how much money the state will have to spend in the coming fiscal year.
This will not come as a surprise to those who have been following Missouri's revenue and budgeting for the past several years. Revenues have been on a downward trend since a significant tax cut for businesses was passed by the Republican legislature despite a veto from then Governor Jay Nixon. Infrastructure, public schools and many other state services have suffered ever since while not much can be shown in the positive other than more campaign donations for Republicans.
The minor amount of job growth, which has not been ahead of the national averages, has not made up the difference.
You decide . . .