In today’s action from the interminable Legislative Special Session, the House voted to sustain the Governor’s second budget veto. Admittedly, I struggled with this vote for the past week, and ultimately decided to vote in favor of overriding the veto. Both sides of the argument have a lot of merit, but I really believe that the best fiscal policy is one that focuses on reliable and predictable long-term stability. As I stated here a month ago, this budget impasse could have been solved back in early May with willing negotiating parties, and therein lies my disappointment.
By nature, negotiations are a form of confrontation. Many people avoid confrontation at all costs, but I kind of enjoy it. Growing up in a big family, confrontation was just another means of communication, and always more effective in getting a point across than any attempt at passive aggressiveness. Got something to say? Then say it, and move on.
One of my personal holy books, “Harvard Business Essentials – Negotiation,” breaks down negotiations into two categories. Continue Reading