Quote of the Day – Joy Behar Edition

I mean, I’d like to see his house burn, one of his millions of houses burning down. It would be kind of cool – the Mormon fire patrol.

Joy Behar on Mitt Romney.

This is what Romney actually said:

“He wants another stimulus. He wants to hire more government workers, he says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”

Now, lets take a look at the facts:

State spending: Despite the deep recession and the slow recovery, annual state spending overall hasn’t dropped once. In fact, by fiscal 2011, total outlays at the state level were 14% higher than they were in 2008, according to the National Association of State Budget Officers. (See nearby chart.)

State general-fund spending: Meanwhile, states’ spending from their general funds — which is more than a third of total state spending — climbed in 2011 and  2012, and is expected to rise again in 2013. While still not back to 2008 levels, general-fund spending in 2012 will be slightly higher than 2007, NASBO reports.

Midyear state budget cuts: Another sign of the improving health of state governments is the fact that the number of states making cuts to their budgets in the middle of the year has declined sharply. Last year, just 19 states did. So far this year, only eight have.

Combined state and local spending: Annualized state and local current expenditures were almost 10% higher in Q1 2012 than just before the Great Recession started, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

State and local tax revenues: According to the Census Bureau, state and local tax revenues climbed 4.5% in 2011 — a year when the overall economy grew just 1.7%. Tax revenues are now above their previous peak of 2008.

State funding has not been decreased.  States have had an overall net increase in revenues in their general funds.  (of course that will not be true of all states; Ahem, California)

Fireman, Teachers, and other state employees are not the responsibility of the federal government.  She, like President Obama, doesn’t understand the 10th amendment.  Or maybe she just doesn’t care.  You decide.