Our state budget has been too much of a problem for far too long. I understand the policies and politics behind why we've had so many challenges and used my degree in economics and knowledge of the various spending pressures to lead us down a better path. We're finally headed in the right direction.
In 2010, I led a group of legislators to put real, meaningful budget cuts on the table for the first time affecting education, health care, state employee salaries and mileage reimbursements. Since then, we've made billions of dollars more in cuts in the areas that really matter while maintaining our spending priorities and streamlining waste and inefficiency.
I have supported increasing revenue to help fill the gap because it's simply disingenuous to pretend we can cut our way out of a problem like this any other way. I've supported unpopular facility closures, both to save money and to provide the services in a more effective way in the community. And I'm continuing to push for streamlined models for how we deliver our services. Just as the private and nonprofit sectors have done, we must do more with less and ensure that what money we are spending has a very effective, efficient and measurable outcome. There's much more work to do. But I'm eager to get back to work on getting the job done.