If that wasn’t bad enough, look at the costs: “California spends $34,000 to incarcerate a criminal alien for one year; in Texas, it’s only $12,000.”
“…American households not paying federal income taxes has also grown—to an estimated 45% in 2010…”
In a poll, no group of Americans feel they are paying too little in taxes, even those people who pay no tax.
Florida Gov Scott Plans to cut 8,700 state jobs. $4.6 billion in cuts.
We’ll see how far he gets.
The US House of Representatives passed their 2012 budget. While it does well to open the doors and conversation towards a reform of entitlement spending, especially in Medicare and Medicaid, it doesn’t do enough to handle spending, debts and the deficit.
Even though there are $6 trillion in cuts, it takes place over 10 years and there are still deficits for 2012 ($1 trillion!) and more deficits way into the future, as much as $391 billion into 2021. This isn’t good enough!
Ruling class Republicans still can’t shed their Washington ways and they are risking a third party by the Tea Party and others in the popular wave building in the US. The party is likely to vanish in importance in about 5 years.
“Only 45.4% of Americans had jobs in 2010, the lowest rate since 1983 and down from a peak of 49.3% in 2000. Last year, just 66.8% of men had jobs, the lowest on record.”
“The federal entitlement program with the insatiable appetite that Friedholm took over in late 1992 ate a total of $6.3 billion that year. In those years the Medicaid budget grew by about $1 billion a year. By 2009, the Medicaid hunger in Texas had grown by nearly four times to $24.6 billion, gobbling up a little more than one in every four dollars in the state budget.
The Texas Department of Health and Human Services projects the annual feeding frenzy to grow by about $3 billion in each of the next two years. Even if the Legislature passed a more austere budget for 2011-12, the percentage of state spending devoted to the health insurance program for the poor is expected to increase, albeit more slowly.”
NJ has whopping 137,621 state employees. 4,496 of them make $100K and more.