Learning to overcome inertia
In less than one week, the 2012 regular session of the Legislature will be gaveled to order. There will be new faces in both chambers, new leaders in the House and Senate and a bevy of controversial issues that will make life interesting for the lawmakers.
Members of the Legislature do not relish controversy. They much prefer issues that make groups of their constituents happy without making any of them angry. On at least two issues — education and retirement reforms — that ideal situation isn’t likely to occur in the impending session.