Recent ads from candidates have touted our state’s balanced budget. While fiscal prudence is an essential part of managing any household or business budget, the goal of our various governments — city, county, state, national — is not to balance a budget, but to manage our common needs and responsibilities.
One of these common areas is Medicaid services. Another is public education. If our budget is balanced right now, it is because these essential responsibilities have been underfunded. The budget has been balanced on the backs of our most vulnerable citizens, and at the cost of the education and innovation we need for a prosperous future.
If politicians are happy with the current “balanced budget,” at some arbitrary tax level, that does not include discussion of getting our country’s needs and responsibilities managed well, if they are happy about the lack of transparency and instability of our fiscal numbers these past two years, I urge you to consider the long-term effects and breadth of their goals.
We have no “return on investment” from any of the tax cuts in recent years. We can have a balanced budget, and manage our country’s needs more humanely by restoring fair tax liability to businesses and the wealthy.
We can and must do better.