Education (35%) and health care (25%) rate as the two largest items within our $6 billion state budget. Those percentage are likely to remain the same until our income outpaces the rate of inflation. (Currently, our economy has grown at -.5% for 2017–if one can call that growth.)
I’m not interested in placing the blame for these problems at anyone’s feet. But the only ways to reduce the percentage of our budget dedicated to education and health are to cut schools and services, or to figure out ways to stimulate the economy, so that the amounts dedicated to education and health stay flat, but their percentage of the budget falls. The Republican answer to stimulating the economy is to cut taxes. The success of this tactic is debatable. What alternatives do you see?