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BUDGET: If we spent like state government

Letter by Carol Cain, Gig Harbor on July 2, 2010 at 2:06 pm with 4 Comments »
July 6, 2010 10:27 am

With all of the headlines about government spending, I started thinking about what my life would be if my husband and I spent money like Olympia. We’d get new furniture; definitely a new kitchen; a new car every year; and take at least three trips out of state to find out how others live in places like China, South Korea and Dubai.

I know the budget is horrible: My husband was just furloughed to save the state $1,300. Then I read comments from state workers who make well over $100,000 about million-dollar mistakes.

If you and I spent money like the state, ignoring our income vs.outgo – we’d all be in jail.

In times of budget crisis, we quit spending. Projects that have been budgeted get put on hold. The state’s new Information Technology Building could have been postponed for three years.

New sidewalks? We don’t need them. We need food on the tables of those who need legitimate help, health care for those who need it. Buildings, sidewalks, new cars, new computers for the agencies – none of that is necessary.

I am saddened and disappointed in state government for its lack of judgment on salaries, expenses and its failure to follow all the laws that it forces on the private sector.

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  1. The financial structures of a home and its occupants along with that of a business differ from that of a government. Once you get that understanding nailed down you will see that your arguments do not work.
    Do you really think the state government is oblivious to the current recession? You make it sound that way when there is ample evidence to the contrary. Remember too that Washington State did not bring the recession on itself and remember what the State’s responsibilities are as dictated by you and me and everyone else through our majority voices.

  2. larsman says:

    Pub- your premise of acquiescence sounds more like a blanket excuse for the public sector. So why is there even a pretense for the (federal example as a template for the state, here) Congressional Budget Office or General Accounting Office? Your statements resound as “Oh well, that’s the way it’s always been done and everyone else here does it too”, besides, it’s not money that the state actually had to EARN, I cannot ‘tax’ anyone nor can I print more paper IOU currency or lobby at the national level to bail out my state much less myself…($10,000 desk re-do ?)

  3. foresttnt says:

    unfortunately, the majority of americans and the private sector were spending the same as the govt up until just recently–hence the economic situation we are all facing now. congrats to you if you were not one of the spenders. hopefully you then understand that the economy shouldn’t get back to where it was and there should be a new level of spending that is more reality based by everyone.

  4. Perspicacious1 says:

    Publico: Interesting that your justification of a state or federal budget, sounds much like what the state and federal governments pr statements sound like.

    Perhaps we should run our government more like a large corporation than a government hand out organization?

    I absolutely do think the State Government has no clue what a recession means and what is necessary or not. I have worked n the legislature and have been appalled at the wasted money from every agency and every department. They do not understand the principles of “necessary” versus “want or should have”.

    I don’t care how many new taxes the state government imposes, they NEVER stop spending, they just spend all that new tax gets them and then panic the next year.

    And yes alot of people spent over their budgets, but they just can’t increase their income or print money = they have learned they have to stop spending. The State has not learned that lesson yet.

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