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Budget cuts

By Liz Bruce


July 11, 2017
Tuesday PM

All this reduction in spending is good but the problem is there are so many promised benefits and retirement we can't afford. You sit in a position where you can vote to keep state employee and teacher benefits intact when we can't afford those benefits as a state. New taxes are regressive and too easy to rely on. Our household has not seen an increase in income since 2011 but we have to live within our budget. It is time for the state to quit promising benefits we can't afford. You can't expect taxpayers to always come up with more.

It is not our problem that expensive benefits and retirements were promised. We already pay regressive sales and property tax. No government agency is going to pay for my retirement. I have to save it myself. The cost of living has gone up significantly and a lot of businesses sponge off the government. There are businesses in Ketchikan that sponge off of aides. All income taxes do is hurt the working people with W2 wages.

Retirees if they remarry are allowed new benefits for spouses. We can't afford add-ons or benefits that were promised. Figure out how to cut those excesses.

Liz Bruce
Ketchikan, Alaska


Received July 11, 2017 - Published July 11, 2017




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