House Speaker Shap Smith and Gov. Peter Shumlin are as politically attuned to each other’s positions as any member of the same party could hope for. And in the governor’s first term, the two worked well together to balance budgets in tough times and make significant progress on steps toward health care reform, pro-business incentives and education.
Why, then, is there such a rift over balancing this year’s budget? In particular over the Earned Income Tax Credit program, and the House’s insistence to raise broad-based taxes on the rich?