Time to review spending
“Fallin points the way to big change” (Our Views, Feb. 6) leads me to believe The Oklahoman editorial board has not seriously considered the consequences of the Step Up plan when one reads “The Step Up plan initially included
several reforms. Some appear to have been set aside and others are reportedly being adjusted. No matter.” No matter? Given the state’s propensity for mismanagement of the people’s money, I’d say it matters more than all the proposed tax increases! The mantra should be reform first, revenue second.
We have a $200 million to $300 million deficit this year, with November and December revenue intake $50 million higher than expected. If that rate holds, the current year deficit could be as little as $100 million. When is government forced to curtail its expansion to live within the means the citizens can provide? So far, the state has proven to be ill equipped to safeguard and manage the funds already provided by citizens.
Before accepting the Step Up package, I call for all state agencies to pass a third-party financial audit. Next, before asking citizens to blindly hand over money, the Legislature must adopt and enact a restructuring of government at all levels, proving accountability and transparency are improving and embezzlement is eradicated. The Legislature also must clearly define the constitutional core services and then prioritize the budget for those services. Prioritize consolidations and removal of duplicative efforts.
Bill Veitch, Yukon