It didn’t take long for House Republican Leader Richard DeBolt to take swipes at House Speaker Frank Chopp’s Democrats as the 60-day legislative session got under way Monday afternoon.
Chopp went first with his “Opening Day” speech that touted Democrats’ investments in children’s health and education, and the Legislature’s work to keep Boeing’s jet-making in the state in 2003. He also called for major investment in public construction projects but avoided specific mention of a tax increase Democrats want to protect programs like the Basic Health Plan, Disability Lifeline, and schools.
DeBolt followed, with a speech that, in effect, blamed Democrats for failing to take up 10 Republican ideas eight years ago that he said could have helped produce more jobs in the state. Some of those ideas include loosening land-use rules and changing Initiative 937’s language to treat hydro-electric power as a renewable resource that is cheaper than alternatives.