Some movement on a permanent rainy-day mechanism from Salem. Thank you Brent Barton! Perhaps the most pressing issue for the long-term well-being of the state and as far as I could tell no one was really interested. This is perhaps less than Ideal from an ivory tower idealist's perspective, and I take the point about incrementalism, but I'll take anything that will pass at this point.
Salem has shown now real ability to do anything other than incremental reforms anyway, so let's start chipping away. This is not a partisan issue at heart, it is a common sense issue and should not be derailed by partisanship. It appears Brent has found an approach that is vanilla-enough for the legislature to potentially act on. Let's hope so.