Utah faces a 100 million dollar deficit. The State Legislature is talking about tax hikes. They say they’ve “cut to the bone”.
Well, look above, and see if you agree…
Cutting “Other", which apparently isn’t important enough to be labeled as to what it is, and is currently $929 million dollars:
by 10% would save $92.9 million.
Shaving everything else by 1/2% would save another $45 million, and you are $35 million or so in surplus.
I would also go in and scrutinize all spending. I’m sure there are lots of things we need a LOT less than tax increases.
For instance, from my initial involvement in Public Education this year it is clear to me that they wouldn’t miss a few % of their budget. That new neon sign out front of the school for instance. Or maybe even, gasp, a deferred pay increase for teachers. After all, why should they be immune from what the rest of us are feeling?
A candidate for State Rep, Rob Alexander, suggests nixing:
1. Utah Science Technology and Research – $48.9 million
2. Alcoholic Beverage Control – $29.6 million
3. Governor’s Office of Economic Development – $28.7 million…
4. Utah Sports Authority $0.2 million
Utah attracts companies because of climate, community quality, labor force quality and a strong magnet of faith pulling people back to the state. We don’t need an Econ Development Bureaucracy. So I agree with Candidate Alexander about the 1, 3, and 4. I’m not so sure about the ABC… making it hard to drink in Utah is a good idea that pays for itself I’m sure.
So adding it all up… I’ve saved:
$215.7 million dollars. Easy!