28 Jan 2011

States Need to Pay Their Own Way and Not Weasel Out of their Mistakes

A good question is raised on over at Regaining the Center:

Republican leaders said this week that they would oppose any attempts for States to ask the Federal Government to undertake a “bail out”.  This seems a wise position to take.  It does, however, also raise a number of questions.

Without bankruptcy, some States will have to raise the money (read raise taxes) to pay their bills.  Republicans are now on record as against raising taxes.  I wonder if this is a hint at a larger plan?

I’m sure it is a combination of both. I’m against it because I think states should have to honor their agreements and pay for their mistakes. They shouldn’t be allowed to weasel out of commitments any more than anyone else who is capable of paying off their bills shouldn’t be able to. They can raise taxes and cut spending, they just don’t want to.

That it will be difficult is not a valid excuse for weaseling out of debts incurred.

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After a few years of blogging on other sites, Solomon launched ‘Rise of the Center’ – the precursor to Uniters.org, leading to a number of interviews and freelance opportunities, most notably covering the 2012 election cycle on WNYC.org – the website for the largest NPR station in the country, in New York City – and reported from the floor of the 2012 Democratic & Republican National Conventions. After a hiatus from politics, the horrific circus of the 2016 election, and more generally increasing extremism and corruption, brought him back to this project.
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After a few years of blogging on other sites, Solomon launched ‘Rise of the Center’ – the precursor to Uniters.org, leading to a number of interviews and freelance opportunities, most notably covering the 2012 election cycle on WNYC.org – the website for the largest NPR station in the country, in New York City – and reported from the floor of the 2012 Democratic & Republican National Conventions. After a hiatus from politics, the horrific circus of the 2016 election, and more generally increasing extremism and corruption, brought him back to this project.
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6 thoughts on “States Need to Pay Their Own Way and Not Weasel Out of their Mistakes”

  1. The Democratic Governor and Democratic controlled House/Senate in Illinois passed and signed a 66% increase in the personal income tax and a 45% corporate income tax increase until 2015 to deal with the state’s deficit.   The pensions are killing the budget every year and the Governor has made spending cuts but it isn’t enough.  I hope Illinois doesn’t lose too many jobs to other states because of the increase.  At least it isn’t permanent.

  2. Is it such a good question? Or is an attempt to make fiscal conservatism appear nefarious? Yes, Republicans routinely oppose raising taxes, but that is primarily because raising taxes is too often employed as an alternative to cutting spending.
    Zukunftsaugen appears to assume that all of government spending is necessary, so any cuts will only serve to injure the needy. What Republicans are doing is bartering down the baseline cost of government and challenging the weary notion that there is nothing to cut.

    This blogger readily admits a lack of clairvoyance. What may need inclusion is admission to a lack of imagination. What has been employed is the most tired of political lines to drum up enthusiasm over torpor.

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