Innovative solutions needed
From the Reno Gazette-Journal:
"When it gets down to it, they [the public] want their services, they want a low tax base and when given the choice between cuts or taxes they don't want either," pollster Del Ali said of the results.
What's the answer? Innovative solutions—producing the same or better outcomes by using less or the same amount of tax money.
Politicians should take a special note of NPRI's recent study on education tax credits. This plan would save the state a billion dollars over 10 years, allow parents to choose which school their child attends and increase per-pupil funding for public school students. That's a win-win-win for those of you keeping score at home. If you don't believe it, you can run the numbers yourself.
And as Anjeanette Damon from the RGJ blogs, politicians (on both sides) don't have much to lose:
However, when it comes to who is more trusted to handle the budget crisis, the Legislature is in a statistical dead heat with Gibbons. Of those surveyed, 33 percent said they trusted the lawmakers more than Gibbons and 26 percent said they trusted Gibbons more than lawmakers. Forty-one percent said they weren't sure.