Education excellence and public safety must be at the top of our list as a state if we wish to compete not only with other states but also within an increasingly globalized world economy. Firing teachers, police officers and firefighters is not the way to build a 21st century economically competitive state.
The time for platitudes and budgetary gimmickry must give way to an open and honest discussion about what type of state we want to be going forward. States that have relied too heavily on real estate and sales tax funding models have been especially hard hit.
It is time to take a comprehensive look at our state’s budgetary needs with respect to our economic needs. We must build an effective, efficient state government based on a modernized (progressive) revenue funding model that can keep us ahead of the competition.