We must use people’s hard-earned tax dollars wisely and effectively, with clear goals and accountability.
Keeping spending in check
Serving on the Shoreline City Council I have found that city departments always ask for more money every year and often get it. This is the nature of how government departments operate. It is the responsibility of the legislature to make sure the State doesn’t expand budgets indefinitely. Fruit trees produce the best fruit with regular pruning. Departments need similar pruning.
I support regular across-the-board cuts because they are the most effective way to prune. This requires each department to find opportunities to increase their own efficiency.
Ensuring the programs we fund actually work
We need to verify that tax dollars are being put to good use. There is ever more research available on which programs are effective and which programs are not making good use of tax dollars. We need to routinely measure program outcomes to identify successful programs and cut the ones that aren't providing a public benefit. Lobbyists push for continuing spending on almost every program, but that is not always in the tax-payers’ best interests.
I have a track record of commitment to budget scrutiny and fiscal responsibility on the City Council and I will bring this perspective to Olympia.