AJC attacks TABOR

Even though no proposal has been put forward and the Study Committee has not finished it’s work, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution editorial page has seen fit to attack the very concept of statutory limitations on government growth:

The problems with TABOR legislation are obvious. It is a very blunt policy weapon that makes more subtle approaches impossible. The costs of some state services — health care, for example — typically increase faster than inflation. Some segments of a state’s population grow faster than others and require more costly services. A simple formula based on overall inflation and total population growth cannot account for all budget necessities.

What “subtle approaches” does the AJC propose? Obviously none as they call for higher spending on education, health care, criminal justice and human services. I’m not surprised the AJC’s left-leaning editorial page would criticize an attempt to reign in run-away government spending, I just thought they would wait until an actual proposal came forth. Perhaps they are worried such a proposal would have broad support?

2 comments

  1. Ben King says:

    do you actually have a response to the AJC blurb you posted? Like, “actually, you could theoretically devise a formula that accounts for these things you mention”. Or “if these things that cost so much money are growing so rapidly, then maybe we need to re-evaluate the services we are providing”.

    And its not like TABOR is an unkown entity. They have it in Colorado. And they just “reformed” it by putting it on hold for the next five years. With a GOP governor leading the charge. They actually do have some proposals out there to deal with, and their position isn’t a de facto liberal position.

    Oh, wait, were you gonna advocate for TABOR? Based on what? the general idea and how other states have been looking at it? man, its a good thing that the AJC shouldn’t be allowed to do the same, you might actually have to have a public debate about the issue.

  2. Harry says:

    Well, when I moved back to Georgia in 1978 after five years in Oregon, that state had half the population of Georgia with twice the budget – in other words four times the state spending per capita. Today Georgia as “advanced” to be on per-capita par with Oregon.

    Yes, Buzz, we absolutely need to drastically cut Georgia spending and waste. We should start with arbitrarily reducing the state workforce by 10% every year, until it’s sliced in half. One way to force change, would be to eliminate the state corporate and individual income tax. That would make us competitive with some of our more successful Sunbelt states and force efficiencies. We should demand that our politicians get some fire in the belly to cut spending.

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