When we talk about the power of incumbency in a political campaign, most of us think about the candidate’s ability to raise obscene amounts of campaign cash and his or her capacity to help or hinder the outcome of pending legislation.
But another powerful tool in the re-election toolbox is the ability to influence how goodies with tax dollars are handed out. This is particularly effective when state revenues are growing and there are significant funds to toss around. The last two budgets, each exceeding $74 billion, were the highest in the state’s history.
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