House speaker Catherine Hanaway is expressing her anger over what she calls the Governor’s bureaucracy of obstructing the state budget process. Hanaway has made public a memo she claims was distributed to employees of the Department of Natural Resources – a memo demanding that employees not cooperate with the General Assembly on budget requests under threat of dismissal. Calling it an “outrage,” Hanaway says every one of these state employees works for the people of the state and should not be involved in obstruction of this kind. Among the warnings in the memo, which Hanaway says was distributed during a DNR meeting, is one which tells employees if a Senator or Representative asks for ideas on how to reduce the department’s budget, that request should be rejected. It adds, this is a firing offense. Hanaway says it’s time to take politics out of the budgeting process.
You are here: / / House Speaker Unveils "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" Budget Memo