Governor Scott’s announcement of his proposed budget for 2016-17 continues the theme of his entire gubernatorial career: targeted state tax cuts and spending to generate jobs. While not everyone might agree that what he has proposed, in the past or for this next fiscal year, actually is best for job creation, those remain his priority initiatives.
I almost always find myself concerned about tax cut recommendations. I’ll confess that this is due, in part, to what I take to be a fairly fundamental difference in perspective. Many public officials seems to start from the premise that there should always be a tax cut. I start by asking whether the government in question (whatever government it is) has the revenue it needs to do what the citizens of that government want and need that government to do.
I also am concerned that we seem to cut taxes when tax revenue surges and then cut services when it shrinks . . . often at the expense of our most vulnerable residents.