We have spoken about the importance of everyone sharing the cost of services the way that we do in a family, where everyone contributes what they can. It is important that the plan we have moving forward be fair and balanced. As you can see, the House plan makes sure that people pay their fair share relative to their income. This approach minimizes the negative impacts to household finances that could significantly worsen the recession we are currently experiencing.
We talked about cuts that have already gone too far and undermined basic services in the state, like the cuts to troopers and the prosecutors office, as well as proposed cuts that would devastate the university, public education, domestic violence shelters, and food banks. These spending cuts will result in significant job losses. See the chart below for a comparison of spending cuts and job losses.