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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Popular Progressive: Chet Culver's 10% solutions

Excerpted from this post at Popular Progressive

Chet Culver has twice now invoked his solution for the state budget
shortfall. 10% cuts across the board, no exceptions. This presumes
that all budget items have equal weight. This is a fallacy. If human
services are cut 10%, this has a multiplier effect to those who are
already in the most need. If this is applied to staffing child abuse
or elder abuse investigators or to provide aid for mentally ill
persons, these funds are already spread too thin. Why not take a
harder view on how tax dollars are being spent or not being collected?
Tax abatement is an example of how government provide "welfare" to
corporate entities with the promise that jobs and revenue will be
created through their largess with our tax dollars. Clearly job
creation is not going well, so why provide the "out" when we need the
income?

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