In the latest column from Patrick McSweeney, he says, among other things, that Governor Warner had no choice in dealing with the surprise surplus:
"What was especially galling to some legislators was that Warner made it appear in announcing the acceleration of the personal exemption that it was his initiative. In fact, it was required by the General Assembly. Warner even proposed an amendment earlier this year to relax that statutory requirement so that surplus revenues could be used for purposes other than tax relief. His amendment failed."