In regards to Elyette Weiinstein’s letter to the editor (April 28), defending the AG, I have to disagree. Like household budgets, government budgets need to cut the fat and live within their means. The letter writer stated most of the Attorney General’s budget will be eliminated. I will admit, I am not that up to date on the budget negotiations but I can’t believe ‘most’ of the AGs budget will be eliminated.
What Elyette needs to understand is that you can’t just raise taxes to fund this state and schools. This would be the easy way out. We need leaders that are willing to work for all the people instead of taking the easy way out and taking a pay check. After all, we the voters are not fools!
A fine tooth comb needs to go through the budget, account for every penny spent and tell us why we need to pay more in taxes, regardless of the amount and why reductions are not higher. Like a family budget, the state is spending more than they should on frivolous line items. Education spending is needed and should be met. The governor and our Legislature shouldn’t be proposing tax increases without eliminating some spending. Unless, our governor is lazy and the Legislature loves Olympia and the paycheck so much where nothing can be done.
You just can’t keep raising taxes until people have had enough. Spending cuts, some to special programs that we love but are not needed, can be made. Education is a must.