Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Hobbes On The Job, And Other Good News

Bill Hobbs, I think it's fair to say, is non-pariel among Tennessee bloggers. He's unquestionably the closest amongst us to a newspaper reporter when it comes to breadth and depth and quality of reporting. This year, he's really come into his own and I think next year may be the year he begins to be noticed by -- and have stories taken up by -- the major state newspapers.

Today, he reports on the steady surplus that Tennessee tax revenue has been producing, even in a "troubled" economy. You'd think the state's newspapers would be trumpeting this, but you'd be wrong. It's probably the most important under-reported story in the state. The CA certainly is avoiding it.

But they have reported that TennCare is expected to meet its budget this year without further input of funds. That's right, the Great Sinkhole, the Black Hole of Nashville, has been brought to heel at last. Amazing how folks who have no choice but to produce results can be made to... well, produce results.

Once more, we see how Sundquist, Naifeh and their lackeys in the press (Hi, Paula Wade!) were lying to us all along.

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