Our compliments to state Senate President David Williams and his fellow Republicans for finally doing Monday what they should have done earlier in this session of the General Assembly: Pass a state budget and Gov. Ernie Fletcher's "tax modernization" plan.
The surprise move left Democrats howling "foul," but the Republicans did exactly what the Democrats have been doing in Frankfort for decades: They used their power to achieve what they felt was best for the state.
Some Senate Democrats were miffed because the Republicans attached amendments to the budget that would delete Democrats' pet projects if they didn't vote in favor of the budget and tax package. But that's been the way the game has always been played in Frankfort.
When it comes to the tough issues, there have always been legislators hanging around with their hands out, using their vote as a bargaining tool to get some project for their district. Sometimes, the projects are worthwhile, sometimes not, but the bargaining, itself, has always been there.