All that is not to say that the package of bills doesn't require additional thought and scrutiny. Keeping the city's libraries open 12 hours a day, seven days a week is a great idea, but is it more worthy of the $7 million to $8 million a year it would cost in state funds than some other cause? It's also important to consider whether the state's effort to help might inadvertently put the city in a bind. The library bill, for example, requires the city to come up with part of the money, about $2 million a year. Similarly, Mr. Hogan's promise of more school funds comes with a required city match. But would his one-time infusion of cash trigger a permanent new expense for the city under laws requiring local jurisdictions to maintain their level of school funding effort from year to year?