Friday, February 20, 2009
Minnesota Budget Cuts
Tim Pawlenty is planning on cutting $5.2 billion from the Minnesota budget. With the addition of the 'stimulus' bill, Minnesota is expected to receive anywhere from $1-3 billion, depending on whom you listen to. Pawlenty, a Republican, wants to cut the remaining $3 billion without raising taxes. Why not? Our government has grown dramatically over the years. There is so much government waste; as a former state employee, I know this for fact. Why does our government need to continually ask for more and more money as a proportion of our income? Why can't they become more efficient, like the private sector, and need less money as a proportion of our income?
Pawlenty is adamantly against cutting K-12 Education, which I agree with. He actually proposes a small increase in funding (less than inflation, I think). I think his plan of cutting government back a bit will get us back to an era of more fiscal responsibility. What do you think?