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BUDGET: All-cuts isn’t the way to go

Letter by Macaria Madrid, Federal Way on Dec. 20, 2011 at 5:04 pm with 12 Comments »
December 21, 2011 10:35 am

State lawmakers went home last week, calling their efforts to balance the budget a success. They made nearly half a billion dollars in cuts and went home. Fortunately they didn’t make further cuts to long-term care and other vital programs, but their all-cuts approach isn’t a good start to solving the budget problem.

When the come back Jan. 9 they will have a bigger mess that will require more than simply cutting services to solve. They must increase revenue in order to continue funding essential programs for seniors.

When will our lawmakers realize they can’t cut their way out of this hole?

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  1. I just love how the new terminology has crept into the lexicon. Must be focus-group tested that “increasing revenue” is more palatable to the run-o-the-mill dufas “independent” than is “tax increases”, but they’re the same thing. Unfortunately, in this day and age, it’s chic to demand that “the wealthy” pay more and that the “working class” reap the benefits. That’s okay for the weak minded, but in the end, it’s not as if their standard of living will increase, or that they’ll be more safe or have more services available to them, and everything rolls downhill. Look at cigarettes as an example. It was very cool to demonize big tobacco, and tax the living cr-p out of them, and sue them for billions, but after all is said and done, they’re still big, (and wealthy) and the poor people who smoke cigarettes are paying ten bucks a pack.

  2. “poor people who smoke cigarettes are paying ten bucks a pack.”

    At ten bucks, I bet they don’t smoke as many.

  3. BlaineCGarver says:

    Why not cut? 10 years ago, everything was being covered. Take the budget back ten years and adjust for inflation. Across the board.

  4. pawl: “At ten bucks, I bet they don’t smoke as many.”

    Doesn’t matter, they’re smoking enough to keep big tobacco big.

  5. tree_guy says:

    Macaria, there’s no need for you to wait until the legislature reconvenes in January. You can begin sending any extra “revenues” you wish to bestow on the treasury right now! You and the many other people who share your POV just need to go the Washington State Treasurer’s website and click on the tab marked “donations.” Please be generous and do it right away, there’s going to be a big mess on January 9th without extra funds…. according to your letter. Please let us know how much you were able to donate.

  6. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    My Christmas wish is that democrats go to Olympia and push hard for tax increases, defend the wage and benefit packages for state union slackers, pass more regulations that kill jobs and increase fees on everything we drive, eat and enjoy.

    They have been doing it for years but their problem is people are pulling their head out of the sand and waking up to the screwing they have been getting from democrats.

    Hopefully peopel will take that ange to the poll and vote out the tax and spend liberal democrats that are killing this beautiful state. How can you defend a political party that cuts schools and parks to save a program that pays out welfare and health care to illegals.

  7. cclngthr says:

    What they need to do is determine what is essential, and pay those before anything else.

  8. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Problem is in the left leaning state of WA everything is ‘essential’. Govt has to provide unrealistic levels of assistance to every minority group (not demographic; special interest/concern).

    Essential needs to be defined.

    Long term care is mentioned by the author. Why, in every case, is this the states responsibilty? Why in any case? On top of fed benefits?

  9. B-C-G, there are more programs, and more people today than there were 10 years ago.

    Lanq – smoking is also a good way to raise funds. Epically since I don’t
    smoke.

    Tree_guy, you can help by reducing you use of taxpayer funded service; don’t drive on public roads or streets, don’t use public transportation, don’t call 911 for assistance, don’t buy you energy and water form publicly owned utilities, etc. etc. etc.

    Taxed, and I hope the rpots continue to push for giving more state funds to Big Business and the rich while cutting essential services.

  10. xring: “smoking is also a good way to raise funds. Epically since I don’t smoke.”

    Yes, xring is correct, governments make billions each year off of smokers, who’re traditionally the poorer segment of society. Let’s stick it to the poor, and the rich, so that the rest of us can get stuff at no cost.

  11. tree_guy says:

    “Tree_guy, you can help by reducing you use of taxpayer funded service; don’t drive on public roads or streets, don’t use public transportation, don’t call 911 for assistance, don’t buy you energy and water form publicly owned utilities, etc. etc. etc.” xring

    Read more here: http://blog.thenewstribune.com/letters/2011/12/20/washingtons-budget/#comments#storylink=cpy

    The subject of the letter isn’t cutting the cost of government, but rather increasing revenue available. None of your suggestions will increase revenue. My suggestion will raise revenue.

  12. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Big business is good for all WA residents, not just the rich. The salaries and taxes they pay help us all.

    Businesses chase tax breaks and incentives. That is just the way it works. When municipalities try to play by a different set of rules, businesses leave hurting everyone. We have seen it in Tacoma and on a larger scale, California.

    Xring tried to define essential. Let’s stick with mass transportation, infrastrucure, security and fire. Say goodbye to rest.

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