Dr. Michael Forster

Do Mississippians really want a “cuts only” balanced budget?

The new legislature went into session today, with the GOP firmly in control.  Not surprisingly, the top priority is said to be balancing the budget without raising anybody’s taxes.

The problem?  The economy is at a dead standstill, which means (at best) flat revenues, and state agencies have collectively asked for about $1 billion more in funding than is likely to be available for allocation.  So it looks like another cut-cut-and-cut-some-more session in the making.

But is that what Mississippians really want?  Cuts to education, to health care, to mental health, and on and on, with no new taxes on anyone, even those most able to pay?  Here’s an idea – let’s ask them.  I’d bet that they’re not so insistent on the “no taxes” approach as zealous legislators might think.

Dr. Michael Forster
Dr. Michael Forster

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