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Old 01-08-2009, 09:34 AM   #21
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I voted NO. I have always said, 'The government gets enough of my money. They need to decide how they want to spend it.'

Ever notice that the first thing that will 'need to be cut' is police and fire? Not the airplane fleet for state travel. Not midnight basketball, a program so poor kids will have something to do at night. Nope it is always police and fire. Not going to shut down zoos, close museums, close parks, close libraries. In Houston/Harris County both the County and the City maintain large Library systems.
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Ever notice that the first thing that will 'need to be cut' is police and fire? Not the airplane fleet for state travel. Not midnight basketball, a program so poor kids will have something to do at night. Nope it is always police and fire. Not going to shut down zoos, close museums, close parks, close libraries. In Houston/Harris County both the County and the City maintain large Library systems.[/FONT][/COLOR]
Yes, absolutely. This is my pet peeve about how state and local budgets are set.

When there's a "budget crisis," the first place they tend to cut are the popular items: police, fire, parks, libraries, schools, that sort of thing. And then they put a tax increase on the ballot so they can say THEY never raised taxes -- the *voters* did. And they know the voters would never approve a tax increase to fund a lot of the other stuff, so they never cut those budgets.

Slimy and gutless, IMO.
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I checked no. I already pay 8.25% sales tax and about 2.5% property tax. This is more than enough for state and local government, including schools. If they are spending more than this, they need to decrease services and/or cut employment. I have a list of ideas if they need any.

FYI, i am located in suburban Houston, Texas.
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I checked no. I already pay 8.25% sales tax and about 2.5% property tax. This is more than enough for state and local government, including schools. If they are spending more than this, they need to decrease services and/or cut employment. I have a list of ideas if they need any.

FYI, i am located in suburban Houston, Texas.
I hear ya. I pay 2.5% local property tax, 5% income tax and 6% sales tax plus .25 per gallon State gas tax (for roads and bridges. yea right). This seems like it should be enough IMHO. Problem is our generous "welfare" programs attract low skill, low income emigrants and overwhelm our services while higher taxes drive out retired seniors and productive young professionals.
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Ever notice that the first thing that will 'need to be cut' is police and fire? Not the airplane fleet for state travel. Not midnight basketball, a program so poor kids will have something to do at night. Nope it is always police and fire. Not going to shut down zoos, close museums, close parks, close libraries. In Houston/Harris County both the County and the City maintain large Library systems.
Not where I live. Police and fire get raises every year and the libraries get fewer and fewer open hours.

It's obvious how nothing ever gets cut. You have a golden calf, and I have a different golden calf. If there are enough of us to influence an election, then the politicians have to satisfy both of us.
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When there's a "budget crisis," the first place they tend to cut are the popular items: police, fire, parks, libraries, schools, that sort of thing.
What unpopular/indifferent items are there that would have substantial savings? Roads? A taxpayer never met a road bond he didn't like. Trash pick-up? Storm clean-up? How many city employees could we cut before service was affected. Hmm. Maybe the sweet municipal pension plan could be reduced?
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