And I don't mean lessening of projected increases, I mean actual cuts, where one year's budget is less than the next. And even adjust per capita.
As for DRASTIC you mean a 5-10% actual cuts this upcoming budget cycle. I think we're projected to spend 35B vs 33B in 09.
Washington like many other states doesn't have an income problem, we have a spending problem. Revenues are up per capita/inflation compared to 5,10,15, 20 years ago. We surely can run a state with the 30B+ per year can't we?
Our State Government can't seem to prioritize what's important - all the Leg seems to be doing it finding ways to piss of both small and large business's here and alienating the very citizens who pay the most of the taxes on a per person basis by finding ways to tax/extract revenue.
Show me any organization public or private, that can't find 5-10% of their budget to be cut after YEARS of increases and I'd say BS. I'm as liberal/lefty as anyone our here, but we seem to be shooting ourselves in the foot over this. Line up the priorities in a list. Line up the revenue in another. Draw a line. Simple.
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