I know she, and her advisors, believe that there is no other way to deal with the budget, but the legislature has passed a balanced budget out of committee – without a tax increase.
Here is the problem I have with the Governor’s budget: if we can’t undo the massive growth of state government foisted on us by former Gov. Janet Napolitano and a few allied moderate Republicans joining with Democrats in the legislature, then why do we as Republicans even have a majority? If it reducing the role of government in the daily lives of Arizonans isn’t an article of faith of being a Republican, than what is?
What frustrates me with this whole debate is that I think we are presented with a false choice. The Governor says we have to raise taxes – that’s because she isn’t willing to cut spending more. The legislature has a plan that avoids cutting taxes, but has too many gimmicks for my taste. It cuts about $600 million – when we really should be cutting closer to $1 billion.
Yes, I know it sounds harsh – that’s cutting a lot. But if we don’t cut now, when times are tough, we will never do it. It shouldn’t take a crisis for Republicans to actually act like Republicans, and it’s downright pathetic when Republicans just act like weak Democrats.
If I were in charge (and sometimes I’m glad I’m not) my philosophy would dictate no increase in taxes and no gimmicks – just hard cuts.