Government deficit spending is unacceptable. All levels of government should live with budgets balanced against government revenues (taxes). Decreased revenue in times of recession does not justify raising taxes, further burdening struggling citizens.
Three suggestions have been offered to restore cuts to the education budget implemented by the 2010 Legislature. (Revenues to the state budget were down 25%, while education budgets were reduced only 7.5%).
Repealing present tax exemptions
Hire more tax collectors to collect delinquent taxes
Defer grocery tax credits
Tax exemptions have been supported by Democrats and Republicans alike. All present exemptions have been reviewed by an interim committee (both parties represented.) Only two exemptions received traction. Exemptions were granted as a business incentive to provide growth and employment. Removal would be a tax increase. The Grocery tax credit was provided for relief to the elderly and low income.
The above recommendations combined would not restore the education budget to its pre-recession level. The solution is to incentivize and promote private business which in turn increases tax flows and provides more jobs -- which also increases tax revenues.