Most of you may know that Lora stood on the floor of the House as the lone republican voting against a bloated budget. She had no companion.
It is not only the recent decrease in oil revenue that Lora addressed, but the indiscriminate manner in which recent legislatures have conducted business as usual, hardly caring about a shrinking budget reserve.
The current budget passed by the House does cut the budget somewhat, but even with their recommended cuts, an additional $3 billion will be withdrawn from the budget reserve in order to cover the difference between spending and revenues. Lora felt the cuts were insignificant regarding our difficult fiscal situation.
Going forward, Lora's brave stand was in opposition to the guidelines presented by the Republican caucus. This caucus does not appreciate detractors as it calls into question the "group think."
Word has it that detractors are disciplined internally by the leadership with all sorts of mechanisms to include, but not limited to, loss of committee assignments, loss of staff, revolving offices, withdrawal of bills sponsored, and a whole host of other disciplinary actions. This may well be the actions Lora faces going forward.
I ask everyone to monitor this situation closely, not only now, but for a very long time to insure her noble actions are covered by "We the People."
We have asked diligently for this type of representation. Now that we have it, we must link up arm to arm and grow this brave woman's strength throughout the Senate, and ask "fiscal patriots" to join her by standing beside her and promote serious financial restraint now. "We the People" know the difference between strawmen and patriots. We ask you to stand with Lora now and elevate her mature fiscal voice. Anything less is less.