A leading House Repubican who voted in favor of using the state Rainy Day Fund to cover the current budget shortfall says enough Republicans might have been persuaded to go along if Governor Holden would have made a betteroffer. St. Joseph Representative Charlie Shields says Holden and his staff gave little in negotiations with House Republicans. He says the Governor promised to modify when and how he could use emergency reserves, but allowed no talk of other pending legislation. Shields says Holden might have gotten better results if he would have dropped his proposal to end business tax incentives and benefits. He says many Republicans believe such moves drivebusiness from the state. Shields says the question of whether to tap the Rainy Day Fund isn’t dead. He says sincere negotiations by the Holden Administration couldrevive the issue.
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