John Brummett offers a few more discouraging words for legislators who cling to prerogatives over set asides for local spending projects rather than deferring to general state needs in time of financial crisis. Dog bites man.

UPDATE: And speaking of using of “seed corn,” there’s this report from the meeting of the country’s governor’s that says, while some signs of a national recovery are evident, the fiscal year beginning July 1 could be the worst yet for the states. I remain pessimistic about whether Arkansas can make it through the year without another painful adjustment. I hate, too, that much of the pain will come out of medical services for the poor, state spending that it is tripled by federal contributions.