November 3, 2010

Too much of Maine’s money going to war


No matter who voters send to Blaine House, our next governor will be faced with a $800 million budget shortfall.

 Last year, I listened to testimony in a joint session of the Appropriations and the Education & Cultural Affairs committees of our Legislature. Each agency head came forward to testify about cutting important programs in order to deal with last year’s budget crisis. It struck me that every agency contributed in some way to the education of Maine’s children: the state library, the Maine State Museum, the arts commission.

In the coming year, we will hear about more cuts on top of those imposed last year.

Where is all Maine’s money going? In fiscal year 2009, 51 percent of income taxes paid by our state’s citizens went to military spending by the federal government. This year it is 54 percent.

And if the proposed budget for fiscal year 2011 passes (Congress tabled it until after elections), military spending will climb to 57 percent of the total discretionary budget.

This is an alarming trend, leaving our communities and our states in dire circumstances.

We cannot afford to go on spending more than half of federal income tax revenue on destruction, while schools, libraries and other education resources are reduced. The path we are on is unsustainable.

 No matter who is elected, join me in calling on Congress to bring our war dollars home (www.bringourwardollarshome.org) where they are needed. State legislators and governors have a role to play in making this demand.



Lisa Savage

Solon

Were you interviewed for this story? If so, please fill out our accuracy form

Send question/comment to the editors




Further Discussion

Here at OnlineSentinel.com we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • Type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • Exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)