Gov. Lingle announced Tuesday afternoon that Furlough Fridays have officially ended, but — in the end, after initial compromises — none of the negotiating parties made further concessions to reach a final agreement. It took banks to save the day.
The State Auditor says roughly $333 million of general fund money is tied up in controversial auction-rate securities, the subject of a bitter fight between governor and auditor. What would that have bought us?