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I hope that Mark follows suit with the Prseident with a focus on reducing spending on underperforming or unnecessary programs. Unless he shows cuts and revenue increases he doesn't have a credible budget.
Hang on to your wallets Folks...here it comes!!
You voted for it, you got it. YOUR taxes are going up. What? You only wanted OTHERS to pay more? Oops. Oh well!
If you don't want taxes to go up, you have an obligation to specify what you are willig to cut $1 billion from-schools, nursing homes-what?
Yesterday the Strib had an article indicating that the state was losing $2 billion a year in tax shelters and uncollected revenue. While we may need to broaden the tax base, let's start with closing those loopholes first.
If you don't want taxes to go up, you have an obligation to specify what you are willig to cut $1 billion from-schools, nursing homes-what?---------There are over 240 different state departments. Funny how all you on the left pick , schools, NH, etc as the only examples. As for those schools, NH, etc, there are HUGE abundance of administrative costs that could be cut. Let alone the likes of nearly ONE MILLION dollars per stadium to put down artificial turf, as many have done! Waste is abundant in the gov't sector and needs to be trimmed.
My cuts list: Eliminate the Dept of Human Rights, find 1-2 other entire departments to fire. Freeze Local Aid. Freeze public salaries and increase public employee's pension deduction. Freeze aid to the U and state colleges and force them to fire 10% of its professional non teaching, non researching admin staff -- recoup half of the cost savings back to the State and the rest they can keep for upkeep and current expenses. I could spend time with the budget and EASILY find $1bil in cuts that would have 0 impact on my life and litle to no impact on the avg person who actually pays State income taxes....
Wait, I thought only them 'rich people were gonna pay for my programs. Ya mean I gotta pony up more of my beer money? Whoa, that's not ok man.
avejoecon: over 40% of the state budget goes to schools which are operated by locally elected school boards. While you provide no evidence of "HUGE abundance of administrative costs', changes in those expenditures would be a local decision in Minnesota, not a state decision. If you want government to operate in an efficient, accountable manner, then we need to quit lurching from one deficit to another and fix our broken tax system. Whether we want to fix it "enough" to make additional investments in education is arguable, but fixing it so we aren't always in crisis every several years is a responsibility of elected leadership.
While you provide no evidence of "HUGE abundance of administrative costs', changes in those expenditures would be a local decision in Minnesota, not a state decision.-------If you stop increasing the State money to these schools, the locals would have to cut the huge administrative costs. Want proof, here is a stat you may like. 30 years ago, the staff to student ratio was 1/7. Now it is 1/2!
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