I don’t think there is any doubt that we have a budget balancing problem in our state. While some of our problems may stem from recent issues with our national economy, the majority of our problems started back much earlier and have been building toward this crisis ever since then.
Like any problems we face in life, clear recognition of the problem is the first step towards a solution. Thankfully after 4 years in office, and almost 4 years of denial, our Governor Gregoire has finally faced the fact the our state budget was in crisis. We pay a lot in taxes, but the Democrats who we voted into office have proven that they can spend all of our tax money and more. We are heading for a budget deficit of monumental proportions and have reached a crossroad where in order to balance the budget, we taxpayers need to pony up some monumental tax increases or we need to demand that our legislatures make some monumentally changes in the way they spend our hard earned money; like quit spending it!
In spite of the whole hope & change feeling thing going around in the Democratic Party, ideas for monumental spending changes may not come easy for the progressive and here to for the tax and spend types who have run our state budget into the ground. It’s not that the solutions don’t exist and that there aren’t a bunch of them, it’s just that the Democrats will have to go against there socialist template to find them.
Help is on the way though, just today the Evergreen Freedom Foundation embarked on a 105 day journey which will present 105 ways to balance the budget, cut government waste and stimulate the economy.
The legislature increased spending by 34 percent in the last four years—contributing mightily to our current budget debacle. Actually, the so-called budget deficit is the difference between how much lawmakers would like to spend versus the smaller amount we taxpayers have to give them. In fact, the governor’s proposed budget actually increases spending by 3.2 percent.
For our state to truly live within its means, spending should be cut immediately by the decrease in money they expect to have this year—that would be $500 million. It comes down to simple economics.
And that was just today, for tomorrow they propose that our legislators actually prioritize spending.
The state budget is not on fire, but it is drowning in red ink—more than $6 billion—thanks to four years of lawmakers spending much more than they took in. The state desperately needs a program to prioritize items in the budget, so it doesn’t give the same weight to funding the certification of animal masseurs (the state apparently doesn’t want any stressed critters running around) as it does to the prison system.
Prioritized spending? hmmm? Where would my wife and I rank animal masseur certification in our family budget? Where would you rank it in your budget? And why the heck are any of our elected officials wasting our taxes and their taxpayer funded salaries even talking about animal massage?