Here's Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey's response to the governor's rebuke this morning. It doesn't sound like Ramsey is feeling repentant:
"The governor has been successful over the past seven years precisely because he has consistently opposed tax increases, like this one proposed for Tennessee's small businesses. It's how he got elected in the first place and it's the way he should finish out his last months in office. Tennesseans are conservative and they expect their leaders to do things the Tennessee way by living within their means. Lt. Governor Ramsey is determined to keep running Tennessee in a fiscally conservative manner and he hopes the Democratic administration will join him in doing that. If not, Gov. Bredesen is always welcome to veto the budget and argue to the people of the state as to why our small businesses need to be paying more in taxes when they should be growing jobs."