Monday, December 22, 2008

A disconnect

Earl Ehrhart has offered his thoughts on the upcoming Georgia General Assembly, and the summary at Peach Pundit offers this thought ...

It is time that the leadership of the state started to focus on areas to cut State spending, not hamstringing local governments into cutting theirs.

Of course, this logically makes no sense.

In fact, local governments are being forced to increase taxes or cut spending because of the state cutting back in certain areas. If you focus on trimming back on state spending, you will have de facto cuts or increased taxes at the local level.

If your goal is to alleviate the burden on local governments - a laudable goal to be sure - then having the state cut back on its responsibilities in areas like infrastructure or education results in additional responsibilities being pushed onto them ... thus meaning an increase in spending, not the opposite.


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