I was pleased to see a spirit of bipartisanship in response to Gov. Nixon’s State of the State message (1/28, A-1, “Cuts and bailout help to balance Nixon’s budget”). Unfortunately, Republicans and Democrats in the legislature could agree only on a promise of no new taxes.
If, in fact, Missouri is facing a fiscal crisis, which all appear to acknowledge, everything needs to be on the table. Tax increases in tight times may be ill-advised, but carefully constructed fee increases or eliminating tax breaks and loopholes for individuals and companies that cut jobs or send them out of state may be worth considering.
Sadly, Democrats have adopted the Republican mantra that all taxes are evil, when, in reality, promises of no new taxes merely pander to an ill-informed electorate that believes that it can enjoy state services without paying for them.
“Something for nothing” doesn’t work in real life and shouldn’t be government policy.