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BUDGETS: Stop deferring hard decisions

Letter by George Frey, Puyallup on March 12, 2012 at 1:16 pm | 27 Comments »
March 12, 2012 1:16 pm

Why can’t politicians do what is necessary rather than putting off the hard decisions for the next person or into the next year? The federal government can’t deal with a growing deficit. It can’t raise taxes or reduce spending in an election year. Leave that for next year.

The state Legislature wants to either not make a pension payment or move spending from this year into next year to “balance the budget.” So we start with a deficit in a biennium that will probably still be running a deficit.

The City of Tacoma has a huge budget shortfall. Nobody wants to lay off police or fire personnel but that would have reduced the shortfall. We herald an agreement by the groups’ unions to defer their 2011 increases into 2012. Amount saved, zero. We just moved the problem into next year and the deferred amount didn’t come close to the amount that would have been saved by the layoffs.

The Narrows Bridge was supposed to start paying $5 million a year towards deferred sales tax on the construction. This had already been delayed once. Let’s push it off for another six years.

We elect officials to make decisions. Cut spending or raise taxes. Quit vacillating and just do it.

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