By Graham Bond
With a Senate that threatened to halt any legislation until a $1,000,000 statue of the Killdozer and a House of Representatives that would not allocate any funds until the Killdozer legislation was stopped, the state department was already in an unfortunate place. In a joint session in the House, senators and representatives debated over the state budget. However, the Killdozer debate split the session, and a protest grew outside.
At times, the protest swayed in favor of the passing of Killdozer, but the opinion of the protest was never stable; in the end, the people gathered to convince the session to pass the budget.
“This is everybody,” said Gibson Hobbes, Powell County Commissioner, Powell County Federalist Party Leader, and National Guardsman. “We got guys from a bunch of different counties; we got Kennedy, even Kennedy, because those men right aren’t listening to the people.”
During the debate, the Department of Humanities, Department of Natural Resources, and the Department of Economics wrote a mandate stating that they would not allow any money towards the Killdozer monument, and even temporarily shut down all funds towards Powell County, one of the biggest proponents in the protest, until the state budget were passed
“All the departments signed a petition to not allow any money towards the bulldozer monument,” said Adrian Kaus
The debate ensued until a resolution was made with around 45 minutes of time in the operations period left.
“We gave the Department of Humanities $100,000 for Killdozer, but it’s up to the Department to enact it,” said Representative Joe Nordling.
At 2:27 PM an anonymous source from the state department announced to the Delegate that Killdozer passed, and the delegates outside in the protest dismissed themselves. The session continued on, but the budget proposed by the government ultimately failed to pass the two-thirds majority and as a result the government went into an official shut-down.