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.