Thursday, February 19, 2009

Don't spend that tax refund yet

Just because the Legislature (OK, just because one more GOP state senator) came to its senses and passed a budget doesn't mean your check is in the mail.

As Hallye Jordan, a spokeswoman for the state controller, told the Sac Bee: "Just because they passed it doesn't mean there's all-of-a-sudden cash in the treasury."

Delayed payments will be made as soon as possible, the controller's office reported.

Of course, if you do have a refund coming you might be better of saving it, anyway. All the better to help pay the increase in the state's car registration fee and gas taxes.

But no matter how hard it will be paying those taxes, remember it beats the alternative — completely gutting the school system, as opposed to the below-the-kneecaps amputation it will already have to endure.

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