“I think in the Senate, it’s more politics. I guarantee if we didn’t have members running for governor and Congress, we would have already pass this budget. It’s a political statement and you just don’t play political games at the stake of our citizens.”
Update: Williams also said it's morally wrong to make more spending cuts and leave $500 million in the state's reserve funds.
“Morally, how can we do that and go home with $500 million in the bank. I just don’t get it. I just don’t get it and I hope everyone in here will toe the line and hang tough and do what’s best for the people of Tennessee and not give in to these pressures.”
Update II: "I think we’re doing exactly what the citizens of the state want us to," Ramsey shoots back. "We’re living within our means. We’re balancing our budget through cuts and not through tax increases.”