Immediately stop unnecessary, excessive, and wasteful spending.

  • I believe we need to eliminate needless expenses for programs, projects, and activities that are not the primary role or responsibility of government, that do not have clearly established or ascertainable goals, that are not accountable to performance based and cost effective oversight, and that exceed the reasonable readily available revenues of the State.
  • Just as individuals and families need to learn to be fiscally responsible – living on and consuming only what they can afford, so must government be fiscally responsible.
  • Uncontrolled spending creates a cycle of negative impacts.
    • Those in favor of big government will say that we need to create more government projects, programs, and activities to create and provide for more jobs. This is a fallacy. Greater government projects, programs, and activities actually create a number of negative impacts including a decrease in stable long term jobs and a decrease in future hope for economic prosperity.
    • Out of control government spending causes immediate stress on the citizens who have to bare the burden of paying the balance of budgetary shortfalls often through increased fees and taxes imposed by irresponsible legislators who have not thoroughly assessed government activity, prudently trimmed expenditures, and planned ahead for fiscal responsibility and prosperity.
    • Uncontrolled government spending to maintain or to increase government projects, programs, or activities under the notion that more jobs will be maintained or produced is a mirage. Even though to some it may initially appear to be a “cure all” solution to create more jobs, the reality is short lived. When increased government spending occurs for projects, programs, and activities for which the government does not readily have the need or resources, legislators who approved such irresponsible entitlement spending impose new and increased fees and taxes to pay for these programs. This decreases the advantages, incentives, interest, and desire on the part of individuals, partnerships, corporations, and other entities to start or expand businesses in the state that would have dramatically increased long lasting job opportunities that are greatly needed. In addition, existing businesses in the state are thus encouraged to reduce operations or to cease altogether and go somewhere else where business is more profitable without government inhibitors and intrusion. Anyone who plans to be successful in business expects to make a profit. That is the reward for the investment of energy and resources. If potential for profit margins decrease beyond a reasonable level of reward due to increased governmental fees, taxes, and entanglement, investors are not encouraged to venture into new endeavors that could produce long term stable jobs.