Progressives Want More Spending; Haslam Administration Says No
Tennessee will end the year with a budget surplus. On its face, this is good news for taxpayers.
Yet, liberals in the state General Assembly have plans to use the surplus as a foot in the door to expand government spending and create new programs; taking a short-term surplus to create long-term spending obligations. Is that the definition of progressive?
We have blogged about this issue before, both here and here. But AFP-Tennessee needs to take this opportunity to support the Haslam Administration for speaking up on this issue and opposing the liberal spending plan.
Finance Commissioner Mark Emkes has come out against using the surplus for new spending, and we could not agree more!
Click here to contact Gov. Haslam, or call 615-741-2001, and tell him you support Commissioner Emkes opposition to new spending.
State House Democrats proposed legislation that would direct any extra revenue to new spending programs; ostentatiously ignoring the need to drastically cut spending in the state’s budget only a few short months ago.
It is no surprise that Tennessee has a revenue surplus; and its not due to embracing spending, but exactly the opposite. Limited government and cuts in spending embraced last legislative session have positioned Tennessee to succeed in the coming months and years.
We should stay the course.
Liberal proposals to grow spending have not worked. Thank you Commissioner Emkes for standing up for common sense.