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RUSSELL SAYS LEGISLATURE MUST TAKE THE LEAD IN RESOLVING GOVERNMENT FISCAL CRISIS
Senator Russell applauds all efforts to address the current fiscal crisis in the government of this Territory. However the Senator is going on record at this time by stating "the formation of a joint task force at this time may be ill advised." He points out that, "the primary role of the Legislature is to maintain checks and balances on the other branches of government. The Legislature must take the lead in determining budgetary allocations and the possible cuts required by all branches of government."
Senator Russell continued by saying, "It is imperative that the legislature create a plan of action that is a marriage of vision coupled with extreme caution. We must avoid decisions made in haste that may create conflicts of interest between and among long standing institutions."
"The Legislature must keep in mind the primary function of fiscal oversight while reserving the right and responsibility to collaborate. Therefore, during this crisis, we must display the courage to exercise and defend our mandated oversight of the Executive branch with respect to budgets, managing of human resources and the determination of its fiscal responsibilities," continued Senator Russell.
Senator Russell sees this recent fiscal crisis as a golden opportunity for progressive change.
Senator Russell noted, "We must use this situation as an opportunity for progressive change and an occasion to revise our governmental structure, financial expenditure, methods of operation, and management."
Senator Russell has put together a plan that will be presented to member of the Legislative branch.
"I will be submitting my proposals and suggestions to be evaluated and analyzed by my colleagues and the Executive branch. Upon completion of the evaluation and analysis, the Executive branch will submit a final plan for Legislative approval. This process will allow the two branches to function appropriately, and allow the government to become more efficient, productive and responsive to the needs of the community," Senator Russell concluded.