Unlike the federal government, our state government in Tennessee is required to operate within a balanced budget each year. Therefore, the state's expenditures cannot exceed revenues from taxes. As Ronald Reagan so succinctly noted, "The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much."
Between Gov. Haslam's recent top to bottom review of all twenty-two state departments and the efforts of the 107th General Assembly, we have experienced some restructuring and reorganization of departments in Tennessee's state government. It was a good start and long overdue. However, there is still more to do in streamlining state government's efficiency and eliminating the waste of taxpayers' hard earned monies.
I am opposed to an increase of taxes on Tennesseans. State government should provide essential services to the citizens of our state and, until that is done in the most fiscally responsible manner, an increased tax burden on Tennessee's hardworking citizens should not be even entertained. My conversations with voters of our district indicate a strong desire to see more streamlining of our state government, reducing the tax burden on hardworking Tennesseans. It can be done and, with your help, we can get it done.