Historically, Capitol politicians have been unable - or unwilling - to control spending.
General-fund spending will grow by $1.2 billion - or 9.4% - over a two-year period ending in mid-2009, according to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. That is three times the 3% assumed growth in state income and sales taxes this year.
The relevant comparison would be with assumed growth over the same two-year period, but the deficit is there. By my calculation, continuing 9.4% biennial increases would double general-fund spending in 15 years.