Over at the AJC Political Insider, Greg Bluestein reports that if elected governor, Jason Carter will fund additional spending for education by cutting waste elsewhere.
“You see it throughout the government. Everyone knows that it’s there,” said Carter, an Atlanta state senator, after a tour of a DeKalb high school. “We have not done a true top-to-bottom review in years and years and years. And the current administration is not looking for answers into how to make the government more efficient.”
The story doesn’t mention any specifics or amounts. The major drivers of state spending include education (obviously, can’t touch that), Medicaid and other health care services (would be ironic if he proposed reducing spending on something he wants to get additional federal dollars for), and criminal justice / prisons (something Governor Deal has been making a lot of progress on already).
Sure, that’s not everything. Wait, there’s agriculture. But Gary Black has already gone to zero based budgeting for his department. Others have done the same.
Is there enough waste, fraud and abuse in other departments to raise the funds Carter would like to spend on education, or would that be like the wishful thinking that says cutting foreign aid at the federal level would be enough to eliminate the budget deficit?