AP NEWS

Politicians Should Follow Budgets

April 14, 2019

Editor: Over the years my driveway had deteriorated and repairs were needed. The cost was outside my budget, so alternate funding was necessary. Which source to use was a dilemma — would it be from the General Appropriations (food and entertainment), Operations (utilities), or Emergency Fund (savings)? When I checked Emergency Fund had been depleted due to higher Operations costs, it was decided that it would come from the General Fund, but that was not enough to cover the bill. The Operations budget would have to suffer. With the work completed, I sat and pondered how to explain to those dependent on the Operations monies why they didn’t get paid last month (or next month either). Perhaps I could float a new tax or increase others. Unfortunately, I’ve no one to tax. I, or should I say we, must face each day knowing we have a finite number of dollars to operate our lives. The state, however, has no such dilemma — they can rob from one fund to pay another with impunity, raise any number of taxes, or make a new one. Sooner or later the bill comes due, such as the roads. Facing billion dollar deficits our state will be seeking ways to get those dollars. There is little doubt the taxpayers will be facing a tighter squeeze in the near future; for those on fixed incomes the prospect of “heat or eat” may be a reality. Selling out the home you worked so hard for could be a next step. Our younger generations are leaving the state in record numbers. If only the politicians would follow their budgets. I won’t mention our school boards. John MacCartney PLAINS TWP.