That was a pitiful performance the Big Lug Nut and Posse delivered last week in a feeble attempt to reassure Iowans their financial bumbling, fumbling, stumbling haven't put the state in purgatory.
Fatty Judge was in attendance, apparently the Capitol was on the Travel Iowa schedule for that day.
Speaking of which, how do you travel to Dyersville and not include the Field Of Dreams movie site on your schedule?
After all, "If you build it, he will come".
But, I digress.
Budget Director, and Super Nerd, Dick Oshlo was there.
Hey Dick, Ichabod Crane called and wants his look back and the scientific community is united in that fact!
How about trudging out State Treasurer Michael "Ponzi" Fitzgerald for comfort?
Ponzi's on the IPERS investment board that lost over $300 Million invested in funds managed by two New York brokers who have been arrested on federal criminal and civil charges in an alleged investment scam.
IPERS assets have also lost over $4 Billion in the last year and was already facing a long-term shortfall of about $2.7 billion.
This is a guy who can't find the Iowa Beverage Division during his Great Iowa Treasure Hunt!
The disparity over the state's budget boils down to the Legislative Services Agency estimate is based on year-to-date collections.
The BLN's estimate relies partly on money that has not yet been collected.