Talking Utah…Well, Utah’s legislatures have wrapped it up for this year. And they are bragging that they met their goal. The didn’t raise state government spending more that 10%.
First of all, what kind of goal is that? I understand that many state employees went without raises for a couple of years due to tight time. But if you just increase spending by the cost of living increases to pay these employees, then it shouldn’t be more than about 3-4%.
Add a few extra percentage points for good measure, and we should have had a goal of not raising the spending by about 6-7%.
Oh, but they are proud. They are going to toot their own horns over their fiscally conservative adgenda. All because they met the goal of 10%, but only raising spending by a mere 9%, according to the Deseret News.
Our legislative body had a $600 million surplus, that they had to spend…..
Wait a minute. Spend???
Let’s get something straight. That’s my money… I want it back.
In a state where the population is roughly 2 million, that means that I overpaid by $300 (on average). Boy the things that I could do with $300. I would most likely put it back into Utah’s economy (looking for a new home). So, this would be a good thing.
Okay, I understand that I can’t get it all back, but I wish that more of it was put into a savings account or rainy day fund. Not that I trust those either, but why do we have to spend it. I tell you this, if I were purchasing my goverment services through Wal-mart, I would most likely be taking advantage of Wal-mart’s excellent return policy. Because, I don’t like how they are spending my money.
Get a clue Utah Senators and Representatives. It isn’t your money to spend. So, please be more conservative with the trust we have granted you.