Now that the word is out that there is a surplus, the politicians will spend it
faster than LBJ blew the Social Security Fund. And the projects they spend it
on will end up 250% overbudget, and then the people will end up with a 600
million shortfall.Remember, every government project is poorly
designed (if designed at all,) five years late, and 200% over budget. That is
why I'd recommend cutting spending more, and not spending the surplus.
After all, if the surplus were invested at interest, it might eventually make
enough money that tax revenues can be lowered with offset from the INTEREST
income from the accumulating surplus. Just don't loan it to the feds.
Whatever you do, don't leave a windfall sitting around. It make
politicians do crazy things.Adjust your tax rates downward. You can
always bring them back up if you need them.
How about a LONG-OVERDUE PAY RAISE FOR STATE EMPLOYEES who haven't had a
regular pay increase in about 6 years? It is sad to say that I have brought
home less pay in each of the last consecutive 6 years!
Could we send our legislators and Governor down there to learn a thing or two?
Then send them back when they have learned your lessons.... on second thought,
just keep them
ManintheMiddle, is it because the teachers aren't teaching the kids how to
read or that the kids (and their parents) aren't putting in the necessary
time to learn how to read? I agree that there are bad teachers, but let us not
forget that there are bad students (and parents) as well. Lets place blame
where it belongs.
The "rainy day" fund is how the state legislature siphons money from the
Income Tax (Education Fund) and puts it towards the General Fund when extracted.
It is a nice accounting gimmick to ensure that our roads get repaired with
education dollars when "the big one" hits, because apparently, a 7.0
earthquake is just about the only thing that qualifies as a rainy day.
Truthfully, I'm glad to live in a state that, with all it's foibles
and idiosyncrasies, is saving money (i.e. Rainy Day Fund) for unforeseen
downturns. With all the places that are hurting because they have no such fund,
I'm grateful we do. I think it is wise and prudent to do so.
Lies and deception, its getting to the point that a revolt to shut down
government is due.If all these tax hikes and increases halve become
surplus than the hoax is an illegal tax adjustments. There was no shortages or
loses, it was all a lie to acquire and expand government more. And
the people of Utah are more concerned about and infraction of an elections law
according to the federal department of justice peculation that concern the
federal governemnt? Pitiful and criminal when a fraud of $200 million dollars
threat to their existence is irrelevant? What a bunch of hypocrites live in Utah
who put more value in lies than the lives of their families and governmnent
stealing the hard earned money. But in a state of Nirvana (Utah)
socialism the subjects are the fools and they can't tell when they are
being made a fool. Collaborate damage and death of their freedoms don't
even compute, is must not have been put in the computers in the schools. Freedom
is a curse and not good for mind control.
Please give it to our best teachers - please. Give the bad teachers a hint that
they aren't wanted in our classrooms and they need to move on. Our kids
can't read. We must improve the adults we hire.
Something must be terribly wrong.A well run government is one in
which we're spending way more than we're talking inIf
we're not massively in debt, we're not doing things right.Someone get barack on the phone so he can help us figure this mess out
I'll be the first to say it. All teachers in the state should get a one
time bonus with this money. Divide it up by the number of teachers and send it
out accordingly.We've balanced the budget on their backs for
far too long.
Only a politician will claim this is "extra money to spend."Taxpayers (and voters!) will see it the state confiscating more of the money
they EARNED than was really needed, and it should be RETURNED!Then,
go back to work and cut spending some more. Government is still way too big,
with too many programs, and too much inefficiency.
Estimates aren't always real -- don't spend the money before you get
it . -- Like the Federal gov't does.