To the editor:
Soon, there is a chance to direct the course of government. Candidates are out in support of this group or cause but give few details on how they would reach their goal. Education funding is a big issue and few don’t support it. But it consumes more than 60 percent of the state budget and around 50 percent of our local one. How are these candidates going to fulfill their promises?
Reality has shown that higher taxes actually reduce the amount of revenue that government agencies receive. Right now, the revenue pie is only so big. Raising one program’s percentage only reduces another’s. Raising taxes for “green space,” historical preservation, schools, and, oh yes, the library is misguided. Taking more money from me will only cause me to reduce spending elsewhere.
How do we remedy this? GET A BIGGER PIE. The way to fund the causes people espouse is to increase revenue by increasing the number of jobs and businesses we have.
I’m say “yes” to candidates with a plan to increase job opportunities and “no” to tax increases and to those who continually turn away opportunities for this community to grow its tax base.
Most importantly, I’m voting. Are you?