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Right Approach

Cut spending, and don’t raise taxes in W.Va.

August 14, 2013

It would be understandable if officials in many West Virginia state agencies had developed something of a siege mentality during the past year or so....

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AaronS

Aug-17-13 11:30 AM

Calvin Coolidge is the best example on how to handle not only a recession but government spending in general.

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denver

Aug-15-13 5:09 AM

"AaronS" I wounder why your republican buddy's from wheeling didn't mention the lost revenue from the food tax?

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denver

Aug-14-13 6:50 PM

Look what happened after President Bush and the republican cut taxes but not spending from 2000 to 2008.

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AaronS

Aug-14-13 9:54 AM

While I agree that spending cuts are preferable to tax increases, I think the Governor needs to set down with a budget committee and find an equitable amount of money to eliminate permanently instead of telling department heads to cut each year. They can start with eliminating fraud and waste and then proceed to duplication of services. Educational spending accounts for nearly 60% of our state spending. If the state would eliminate duplication of services by eliminating County BOE’s and placing them under a RESA style supervision, 47 County Superintendents, transportation managers and other redundant administrative positions could be cut, saving taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

That’s a start.

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wvubob

Aug-14-13 8:28 AM

I applaud this administration for taking a proactive approach to this situation.

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AaronS

Aug-14-13 7:39 AM

"You can't just cut taxes and not cut spending."

Umm, Einstein, I think the gist of the article was to cut spending...

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denver

Aug-14-13 5:27 AM

"Several factors have made it difficult for governors and legislators to balance budgets during the past few years. Costs for the state-federal Medicaid program have soared. Coal severance tax revenue has declined, as has income from legalized gambling."

I wonder why they never mention the loss of the food tax? Which by the way I'm glad is gone! But that was a 150 million dollars a year. You can't just cut taxes and not cut spending . And most of the time when conservatives cut, it starts at the bottom.

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