Stephen Farnsworth at the University of Mary Washington says a governor’s first budget is particularly important. "If a governor is able to get a lot of what he wants in the budget – that will create an environment where maybe he will be more successful," Farnsworth says. "If a governor gets basically rolled by the opposition party or by the legislature, that's a sign that perhaps the governor isn't quite ready for primetime."
"I thought the dam would break after the Connecticut shooting with all those elementary school children," said Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia.
“The governor and the legislature have demonstrated how effectively they can generate gridlock on most issues so far, and now the challenge is how to demonstrate that you can govern,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a University of Mary Washington political scientist.
In an interview with the Washington Post, Stephen Farnsworth, a University of Mary Washington political scientist, believes that this budget is a test of the new governor’s power to wrest sweeping tax cuts out of a divided Capitol.
“Ultimately, a lot of people in politics now see the political environment as a set of silos,” Farnsworth said. “Rather than the traditional idea of trying to grow your base, reaching beyond people who are automatically on your side, today’s politicians increasingly think they only need to talk to the true believers and make sure they turn out.”
“The recreational marijuana industry is the wild, wild West right now,” said Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington.