"Based on our preliminary analysis, the proposed 2008-09 budget agreement would increase state spending by 9.3 percent over the next two years. This is a dramatic improvement from the previous session's budget growth.

"A responsible budget process should not increase the cost of government per person. Since we expect population growth plus inflation will grow by about 9 percent, the cost to the taxpayers of this budget will remain largely stable.

"The budget is a massive document and will take some time to fully analyze. Over the coming days, we will complete that review and recommend spending items that can be vetoed to make this budget even more responsible. Nevertheless, we applaud the conference committee for its overall product, and we urge its approval by both houses.

"For those legislators who have been concerned about the future revenue picture, the best solution is to control spending now."

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