President Obama signs $26 billion jobs bill to aid state payrolls
Yet another disturbing point on many counts. However, given a choice between this and bailing out the auto industry, this was the better choice…had we been given one. What none of this is addressing is the policies that have created the need in the first place. You can’t just throw money at it and hope that it will all go away. Unfortunately too many people just can’t seem to see that, and the end result is that we see more and more government spending.
Don’t get me wrong, I think that anything that helps keep teachers in the classroom is fantastic. For that matter, as a displaced worker who’s unemployment was about to run out, the extension that was just signed in last month makes me a direct beneficiary of these spending programs.
However, the underlying problem in this particular situation is a deep one that exists on many different levels. State governments really need to be more creative on how they use the tax money they receive, and Oregon is one of the worst at being effective with this money. Taxpayers need to be willing to look past the immediate hit on their wallets and truly consider the trickle down impact on decisions to decline tax increases.
A deeper issue is one of trust. From a purely personal perspective, I have an extremely difficult time approving any kind of tax increase in a state that has proven time and again that it really can’t be trusted with the money that it already receives. Until I feel that I can trust my state government with more money I will be extremely reticent to approve any kind of tax increase without a very clear spending path and believable, enforceable penalties for mismanagement of the funds.