...nobody is saying what they should be saying, which is this: "Hello, people, listen up:
"We don't have any money, largely because so many people are out of work. If you want to continue getting the benefits that the state has been providing, like parks and roads and good schools and prisons to lock up the bad guys, guess what:
"You are going to have to pay for it! You want this stuff, your taxes are going to go up, by this much, right now."
I would respect any lawmaker with the guts to say that. On the other hand, Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop's priority is not raising taxes. Matter of fact, he would like to lower them.