The state budget meltdown must be resolved with a substantial increase in revenues, or the proposed budget cuts will be unconscionably cruel to hundreds of our vulnerable neighbors and relatives. In
Critics, who claim the state could make cuts to other programs before affecting vulnerable people, are short on details. Programs such as education and Medicaid are matched by federal stimulus dollars. Chopping funds from these programs would result in a loss of matching funds, leaving an even greater budget deficit than we currently face. Also, those programs have been shamefully underfunded for many years.
For decades, the League of Women Voters has been predicting the train wreck now upon us. Inadequate revenue and increasing state obligations for health care, retiree benefits, etc., have been the result of Republican and Democratic actions. We urge our elected leaders to stop pointing fingers and misleading the public about the need for an income tax increase. We also urge them to stop engaging in partisan politics, which use the upcoming 2010 redistricting as a bargaining chip, when people’s lives and livelihoods are at stake. We need action now to ensure that all
The League of Women Voters urges you to contact our state legislators and advise them to vote to raise the revenues to fund a full year’s budget by increasing the income tax.
Ann Courter and Theresa Amato
Co-presidents, League of Women Voters of