One billion dollars.
That's an estimate of how much less the state will have in its revenue coffers to spend on education and non-education services this year.
Wise spending is more important than ever.
One place to take a closer look is the payroll in the Senate.
Last year, 12 senators spent three quarters of a million dollars employing 43 people to help them.
We are all short on time and overworked and would like to have extra help. But most of us are being asked to do more with less this challenging year. State Senators should take that cue.
It is nice to have drivers, errand runners and research and writing help.
It's a luxury state taxpayers can't afford this year.