Nobody can accuse Gov. Mark Parkinson of leaving the heavy fiscal labor to others. He took more steps Friday to bring the current state budget into balance, announcing a plan to cover a $106 million revenue shortfall by diverting highway funds and making other changes. One measure requiring legislative action could still be a tough sell in the House — passing a primary seat-belt law, which would draw down $10 million in federal dollars for the budget. Good for the governor for finding ways to spare public schools and social services more cuts for now. Whether that lasts will be up to legislators. Parkinson said: "We cannot balance the next budget or protect our schools, public safety and safety net services without new revenue."
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