Ed On Taxation

Even though anyone knows that all budgets consists of two sides—Revenue and Expenses—the Legislature has been manipulated by the Executive to believe that its job is to ignore the expense side of the equation in favor of concentrating entirely on the pursuit of revenue.  The first job of the Legislature should be to look for economies and efficiencies in governance.  Legislators should require REAL goals/expected results (this means establishing measurable goals with time limits), which they monitor each session.  The resources they allocate (revenue) should match BOTH the experienced performance and the new stated goals.  Just doing these 2 simple things would reveal an EXCESS of revenue for existing departments.  This will give the Legislature the choice of cutting taxes or performing more functions.