On the one hand, the Senate Republicans kind of brought this on themselves. From the beginning of the session, they recognized, as well as did the Democrats, that the lieutenant governor had no authority to vote on tied budget bills even if he could otherwise break ties on procedural votes. Thus, the Republicans effectively mortgaged the budget bill in order to control the Senate until such time. Well, the day of reckoning has come.
That said, the Dems are behaving like a petulant five-year old holding his breath. Their obstinance has nothing to do with the merits of the legislation; it’s all, quite admittedly, just a power grab. In the end, they’ll have to breathe (not sure they realize that).
Partisanship at its worst – and both sides are to blame. Simply disgusting.