The budget cuts of the current legislature were not too deep; they were in the wrong place. The $500 million that was cut from public education is a prime example of this. As I have traveled the district I am often asked, how could we find the money we need to keep the teachers we need and fund education properly? The answer is not new taxes or even keeping an expiring tax. The answer is delivering essential government services in as efficient and responsible way.
In an afternoon we were able to cite over 1 billion dollars in wasted expenditures that could have been saved if we modernized, reformed and restructured our state government. In our homes, when things get tight we don't simply say to our family that we are going to cut 15% of our expenses. We make decisions based on priorities and put a plan in place to make it happen. It's time we did the same thing inside of government.