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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Popular Progressive: Is equal fair?

Excerpted from this post at Popular Progressive

Chet Culver, like Solomon, has said he will cut the state budget by
1.5% across the board. That's fair, right? No one gets special
treatment, everyone has to tighten his or her belt -- that's the Iowa
way, eh? With respect to my fellow Iowans, equal is not fair. If we
have state departments that are underperforming, should they receive
equal budget consideration as those that are performing well? How
about those agencies that have the ability to receive funding in ways
other than the budget? Should entrepreneurship not be encouraged? And
finally, what about those agencies whose primary purpose is to keep a
safety net under those Iowans who are laid off, ill, hungry, or
homeless? Usually during economic hardship, the need for aid to human
service agencies increases, shouldn't this be considered?

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