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0742, 12 May 20

Public sector must share burden of economic ruin

My column for the Washington County Daily News is online. Here’s a sample:

The decline in tax revenue is also cascading to all other levels of government. County, municipal, and school governments are also facing a future with a lot less money to spend. The gravy train has skidded off the rails. So far, the governor and local government leaders have done very little to restrain spending. Perhaps accustomed to having someone bail out their bad decisions, they have been very slow to act.

All this means that state and local governments will have to make some big, difficult, and necessary decisions in the coming months to bring spending in line with what the people can afford. Everything must be on the table including employee benefits, pensions, entire departments, buildings, staff for elected officials, the governor’s mansion, schools, universities, and, yes, entitlements.

When this must happen, government employees and beneficiaries are sure to forcefully object, but it must happen. There just isn’t enough money. Just like private businesses and citizens must adapt to the new normal of smaller economy, so must our government.


0742, 12 May 2020


  1. jjf

    Hmm, if only there was something that could be done about Trump and his trillions…

  2. dad29

    Good luck getting the “public servants” to take a 30% chop to the net-after-tax, Owen.

  3. Randall Flagg

    We will need it at the national, state and local levels.  There have been minimal efforts to restrain spending at any level.

    Nothing should be a “scared cow”.

    And yes, public employees will object, just as private employees do.  That is human nature.

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