No mis­take

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

The gov­er­nor of Arkansas cut the state bud­get by $70 mil­lion back in April as the ex­perts watched rev­enue com­ing in and tax re­funds go­ing out— and didn’t like what they saw. Then, in the last few weeks, things re­versed them­selves. Tax col­lec­tions re­bounded and the fi­nance peo­ple say in­come tax re­funds were “much lower than ex­pected.”

So some­body asked the gov­er­nor if he’d made a mis­take back in April.

The gov­er­nor’s re­ac­tion was 100 per­cent Asa Hutchin­son, a lit­tle lawyerly, a lot laid back. He’s not ex­actly thin-skinned. Call him the anti-Trump. So we’ll say it: This is called good, con­ser­va­tive, re­spon­si­ble bud­get man­age­ment. If you looked at your house­hold ex­penses one month, and de­cided to put off the new gut­ters un­til the fall but the bills ended up al­low­ing for it a few months ear­lier, did you make a mis­take? Or is it bet­ter to come out ahead than be­hind when bud­get­ing?

The ad­min­is­tra­tion re­stored most of April’s cuts last week. Our con­sid­ered editorial opin­ion: This is bet­ter than slash­ing the bud­get and send­ing em­ploy­ees home to make ends meet. No mis­take about it.

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