Do you think they do windows, too?

And I thought California had budget problems. Seems Tennessee is suffering from unpassed budgetitis, which means they’ve shut down all non-essential state government services until the state legislature can stop squabbling and actually pass a budget.
Media outlets covering the story have noted one particularly intriguing impact of the shutdown, including The Tennessean:
As one of the first orders of business when the House convened at 10 a.m. yesterday, Naifeh noted one impact of the partial shutdown in the government — the cleaning contract expired at 12:01 a.m.
So, Naifeh said, members will responsible for keeping their desks and offices clean. Throughout the day, lawmakers, lobbyists and even the assistant clerk of the Senate emptied trash cans overflowing from garbage that accumulated during the marathon weekend of meetings on the budget.

So, quite literally, the legislators are forced to stew in an ever-growing pile of their own filth until they can play nicely enough together to fix the mess they’ve created.
I find this a most promising motivational technique for lawmakers, which bears further exploration at the Federal level…