Taxes and Spending

They’re both too high

In some respects, my views on taxes and government spending can be boiled down to just a few words: They’re both too high. But that is too simplistic.

I believe that we have to do everything we can to keep taxes—all taxes—as low as possible. That includes not just our state income taxes, but also property taxes, sales taxes, etc. To do that, though, we need to have a serious conversation about what we expect government to do. If we expect government—whether federal, state or local—to take care of all of our needs, right all socio-economic disparity, provide education, subsidize business, etc., then that costs money, and in order to bring our budget into balance, we’ll need to raise taxes in order to support our spending. That’s something that those in Washington don’t seem to understand, but we here in Nebraska, do.

I’ve been told—and it may not be true, but it is at least demonstrative—that 40 years ago, if one needed to get in contact with any major office of the state government, all you had to do was go to the State Capitol. Today, a simple query in Google Maps with the search “Lincoln Nebraska government offices” will yield you dozens of offices (many of them state) scattered throughout the city . The sheer number of “red dots” on that map should be cause for concern, because while all of those offices are supposed to be there to serve the people of the state or the community, they represent more regulations, more rules, more red tape that citizens have to cut through in order to get that help—and the numbers add to the sense of hopelessness that some feel when they have to fight the Goliath that is the government, and have no idea where to start.

As a candidate, and as a legislator, I want to engage citizens in a serious discussion about what government should do. My predisposition is to see a limited government that puts maximum authority in the hands of individuals—not of politicians and bureaucrats. If we can limit government, we can cut taxes—but that will require citizens and private groups taking on some of the roles that government now takes on. That would be my goal, and I would work to see that you can keep the maximum amount of money in your paycheck, and don’t have to give it to the government in Lincoln.

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