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BUDGET: State agencies probably overlap, too

Letter by Carl W. Dalton, Tacoma on March 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm | 11 Comments »
March 21, 2011 3:05 pm

“Our challenge today is to create a budget that is both responsible and lives within our means. We need a long-term plan that protects our fiscal integrity.”

I have to apologize to the customers at the coffee shop where I may have startled some of them with my sudden outburst of laughter at this quote from our esteemed governor. If she and her fellows past and present had lived by that concept we wouldn’t be in such a mess now.

I have an idea. How about we make every program come back before the Legislature to resubmit. I’d bet many of the programs and agencies couldn’t survive close scrutiny in these hard financial times.

Just last week there were stories of how many federal agencies duplicated their missions. I’d bet the same holds true at the state level.

Shine a public light on where the money goes. And while a good many may have the best of intentions, they wouldn’t receive funding now.

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