Initiative Measure 1053

This measure would restate existing statutory requirements that legislative actions raising taxes must be approved by two-thirds legislative majorities or receive voter approval, and that new or increased fees require majority legislative approval.

I am in favor of this initiative. Yes, I realize that the state is broke. Yes, I realize that sometimes taxes need to be raised. But I feel that it should be done with serious bi-partisan support, that way both parties take the blame for higher taxes.

Maybe some tough choices will have to be made about what services will need to be reduced. Then maybe people will either appreciate the services provided by the state, or we learn that we don’t really need the service.

Do we really need both a Senate (~$28 million / year) and a House of Reps (~$37 million / year)? Get rid of the Senate, is my vote.

How about Lt Gov (~$900k / year)?

Or Arts Commission (~$3 million / year)?

There, I just save the state ~$30 million / year.  And let’s see, the projected shorted shortfall for 2011-2013 is $3 billion. Oh. This could be difficult, I guess that’s why the state legislators make the big bucks, because they have to make tough decisions. Oh, they only make $42,106 – $50,106.

Well, sure hope they have fun working together to make the budget work.

Yes, I still feel that taxes should be raised only with a super-majority.

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