How this game is played

2009: Can’t raise revenue because it will jeopardize Democrats chances in the 2010 election. A strong majority will pay dividends during redistricting.
2010: Status quo during the short session. Can’t rock the boat, but there will be a few crumbs here and there in tight races.
2011: No, can’t do nothing yet – still have to win that big majority thanks to all those new districts.
2012: No, not yet. Gotta consolidate these wins.
Rinse. Repeat.