Tuesday, April 4, 2006

Starve the Beast?

Posted By on Tue, Apr 4, 2006 at 9:56 AM

So what do you do when your state can brag about stellar numbers like these?:

50th in home and community based care
49th in total education spending per capita
48th in public high school graduation rates
42nd in state aid per pupil
50th in library holdings per capita
44th in high tech jobs
47th in business start-ups
42nd in environmental spending per capita
48th in state spending for the arts
46th in the "Most Livable State" index
43rd in the "Condition of Children" index
(See TFT for sources.)

You amend the state constitution to help defund rather than improve vital state services! A no brainer! Sen. Jim Bryson's (R-Franklin) measure before the Senate Judiciary Committee today, akin to Colorado's ill-fated "TABOR" approach, prevents state revenue collected in excess of a constitutional cap from being used to invest in public services without two-thirds support in the legislature for doing so.

It makes little sense to require a supermajority for the legislature to do the people's business, and it makes even less sense in a state with underfunded key services to erect obstacles to social progress.

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