" Hovey: Why?
Honestly when I hear that any state has a $1.4 billion surplus of "revenue" over taxes, I want to scream. Government isn't a business where the goal is maximize revenue. Our target should be that revenue meets, or maybe just slightly exceeds, our expenditures.
The way the governor and legislature should operate is figure how much money is an appropriate amount to spend in the state each year, through compromise generally, then figure out how that money will be raised through the combination of taxes/fees, etc..., used to generate revenue for the state.
If we only did budgets and had the legislature meet every 10 years or so, then yes having some money in the bank or having a surplus to cover us for unexpected economic downturns over the next ten years would be nice and even appropriate. But we don't have that. If the economy goes in the tank, we don't need $1.4 billion sitting in the bank. The legislature can adjust it's taxes or spending accordingly.
The problem with the state having $1.4 billion sitting around is the same problem with me having $1.4 billion sitting around. Pretty good chance I'm going to spend large chunks of it on stuff I probably didn't need in the first place. And with a state, most expenditures are not one time expenses. Once you start spending money on a program, pretty good chance that program is with you for the long haul."
I'd give my own answer.
Yes, its true that the GOP is a terrible shepherd of fiscal responsibility. See Pawlenty on how that works out.
The GOP party has made news about its desire to open up more 3 vet nursing homes (I believe we have 5 now). Fine, but I thought services were supposed to win or lose in the marketplace by their own merits. At least that's the argument of why the GOP wants to starve teachers. How many GOP led states have teachers going on strike? Its not like education is the bedrock of a successful future or anything. The big issue with your position is that the GOP is doing all the spending and that the GOP is terrible spender of funds.