Do you want any side dishes with that?
In effect, that's what Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell will say today when he makes his first budget address to a joint session of the Legislature. His bare-bones budget will give lawmakers a look at what will be cut if they don't find some new revenue.
The Democratic governor is anticipating Republican finger-pointing if he talks about a tax increase, but in fairness, his Republican predecessor left him with little maneuvering room. The state's Rainy Day Fund was cut in half to avoid an election-year tax increase, leaving Rendell with a cupboard that's almost bare, fiscally speaking.
Rendell was elected on a platform that promised to cut the state's reliance on property taxes for school funding, to add $1.5 billion in state education funding and to create new incentives for economic development.