Tough budget choices for state

December 29, 2008
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Gov. Mitch Daniels has ordered a string of budget cuts as the recession hammers tax revenue, and the upcoming General Assembly promises to generate squabbles over what little money is left to spend.

If you were governor, what would you cut first? Or would you propose a tax increase or chart another way out of the doldrums?

Another question: Should states that havenâ??t kept their fiscal houses in order be bailed out by the federal government?
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  • here's a great idea...how 'bout no more welfare for freakin' millionaires in this state (and country!) make the billionaires pay for their own damn stadiums and make 'em pay taxes at higher rates than the rest of us working folks, since they benefit much more proportionately from our 'capitalist' system (of course they like to cpitalize the profits and socialize the losses...how freakin' convenient when they OWN the mo-rons in the governors office and legislature!!!
  • So what would you prefer, Joe, a socialist state where everyone gets the same regardless of their efforts? Our system has flaws, no doubt, but it has produced the highest degree of efficiency and wealth the world has ever seen.

    Welfare as you refer it for millionaires is called a business partnership, a means to use a small amount of money in tax increments to enhance the quality of life in the community and to create jobs. In case you didn't know, the Stadium is still hiring people. And, when the new convention space is completed, there will be more jobs. Perhaps you don't like those jobs coming. But, without the project working as it has, we wouldn't have an expansion of our convention space to bring in larger groups and the downtown businesses would have suffered - results - fewer jobs instead of more as we will have.

    Oh, and by the way, they do pay higher tax rates, perhaps you should check

    It's always nice to comment, Joe, but maybe you should direct your anger into checking out some of the facts.
  • but... but... we were told by Mitch campain (before the election) that we were in the black. Why are we having problems with our finances if we are in the black?

    Here is an idea, start looking for the fat in Government spending and start cutting the fat. Avoid any cutting in school or disability funding unless everything else has been cut and taxes cannot be raised any higher.

    In refference to Joe, I have always felt that Welfare was a good idea, in moderation. Give those in need a little assistance, but at the stipulation that they will help themselves. Higher Taxes for Higher income, I am not sure if or how much the rich actually pay, but it should be fair. Tell me, do you expect the rich to pay so much taxes that they net worth will be equal to your average Joe? Granted, I am not a fan of rich getting richer and poor getting poorer, but Capitalism is based on rewarding those who make something of themselves. Welfare helps get people started. If they have enough drive and the right resources, they can become millionares, even billionares from nothing in our economy.

    Heck, I went from being told that I will never be able to make it to high school and be self sufficent to actually completing college BS degree and becoming a programmer for a well respected company and have became self-sufficent on all fields. I was given the opportunity and the resources and I ran in the right direction with it. Everyone (who is capable) can do the same if they apply themselves and use the resources they are given. Granted, I am no millionare, but I am getting by in a bad economy.

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  1. From the story: "The city of Indianapolis also will consider tax incentives and funding for infrastructure required for the project, according to IEDC." Why would the City need to consider additional tax incentives when Lowe's has already bought the land and reached an agreement with IEDC to bring the jobs? What that tells me is that the City has already pledged the incentives, unofficially, and they just haven't had time to push it through the MDC yet. Either way, subsidizing $10/hour jobs is going to do nothing toward furthering the Mayor's stated goal of attracting middle and upper-middle class residents to Marion County.

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