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Letter from Sen. Vinehout: Let's first pay the bills

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Imagine you came into a bit of money. Not a lot - less than $500 on your annual salary of $35,000 - but enough to make you happy.
 
This is the pleasant situation state government faces: new revenue estimates predict the state will close its books on the current budget with a little less than a billion more on its $70 billion biennial budget.
 Lawmakers are falling over themselves to come up with the best tax give-away.

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