The budget debate has now spawned a TV ad, from backers of a program that provides "adult day care" to seniors with dementia and other illness. They argue, plausibly, that cutting their program will add to the state's costs by pushing more seniors into expensing nursing home. And they may be right.
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But that's the problem with a state that must balance its budget each year -- and has a persistent budget deficit. It's forced to do things, in the name of meeting the constitutional requirement of a balanced budget, that are pennywise and pound foolish.