Re: “Any new tax must spare economy, satisfy voters” (Our View, 10-2).
Every time the state Legislature meets to set the budget, there is a substantial shortfall. Each time, we rely on deeper and deeper cuts in programs to balance the budget. We must look at raising taxes or we will be left with a bunch of half-funded programs that do nothing.
We keep crying to our lawmakers that we want lower taxes, without giving up anything in return. Once the cuts starts to affect our programs or our kids’ schools, we will feel differently, but without taxes our government cannot accomplish anything.
No one wants to pay more in taxes, including myself, but I expect services from my government and am willing to pay for them. Lets raise state revenue so that we can keep the programs we have left.