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0627, 15 Jun 21

What to do with a surplus?

My column for the Washington County Daily News is online and in print. Here’s the gist:

As Democrats salivate over spending a projected tax surplus, the families paying for that surplus will also be having their budgets squeezed by raging inflation. It is a budgetary pincer that will squeeze the middle class at a time when the middle class is just recovering from a pandemic.


The decisions for the Legislature should be a very simple one. If the state collects more taxes than it planned to, then give it back to the people who paid it. They should not redistribute it to people who did not pay the taxes and they should not spend it on things that make politicians feel good about themselves.


Just give it back. It’s not yours.


0627, 15 June 2021


  1. Jason

    >As Democrats salivate over spending a projected tax surplus

    Just based on what you have written here and not the full article…. let’s not kid ourselves… most – if not all – Republicans are salivating over spending too…

  2. Tuerqas

    Jason is 100% right. Have we heard about any Republican pushes to give money back to the people that earned it? If we do, it will all be an election campaign. Any spending block will just miss being passed by as many Reps as it takes to make it fail by one.

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