This week, Civitas has been running a series called “Cut This, Go Home.” With the state budget still unresolved two months into the fiscal year, we figured we could remind legislators of some items they could cut in order to help wrap things up so they could all go home.
After all, as Mark Twain said: “No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.”
The series picks just a small number of ‘low-hanging fruit’ but still adds up to tens of millions of dollars in non-essential spending and subsidies. It would be amazing how easily budget negotiators could find funding for the core services if they had the courage to cut some of the obvious fat.
This budget impasse is a great opportunity to trim some of unnecessary spending from the budget once and for all.