Could this be the idea that will fix state budget?

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 10:23am
The News Tribune

An accounting maneuver being considered at the state Capitol might allow Democrats and Republicans to cast aside the biggest point of contention in their ongoing budget negotiations.

Republican lawmakers have been criticizing Democrats for wanting to push a payment to schools into the next budget period. Democratic lawmakers have panned Republicans’ budget for skipping a payment to underfunded pension plans. And state Treasurer Jim McIntire has dismissed both ideas as “felony gimmicks.”