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BUDGET: Get spending under control

Letter by Jerry Gibbs, Gig Harbor on June 25, 2010 at 2:00 pm | 4 Comments »
June 28, 2010 9:28 am

Re: “‘No sacred cows’ in rejiggering of state budget” (TNT, 6-25).

What is the lesson here? That the only way to force government to live within its means is to take away its funding and force it to look at efficiencies that will reduce the cost of state government.

Polls show the public is sick and tired of all the spending. People line up to sign initiatives that will roll back recent taxes and reinstate control over the Democrats’ ability to raise taxes.

Costco will help the state get out of the liquor business, something our state Legislature should have done last session but couldn’t muster the political will. Thank you, Costco, grocers and Tim Eyman.

Are Gregoire’s latest ideas steering us to fiscal responsibility or just clever ways to generate more revenue? Time will tell. but as predicted our state’s reckless spending ways have caught up with us.

Speak out loudly and don’t allow state and local governments to make draconian cuts that only punish the taxpayers and result in making many in Washington state want to push for new taxes just to avoid the pain.

Instead, insist they come up with smart ideas that remove the waste from government operations, getting the unions and regulations under control, and looking for efficiencies in every line item of the budget.

‘If they can’t, then we must elect new members of the Legislature this November who will push for such out-of- the-box thinking.

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