To The Daily Sun,
I was contemplating whether I should or should not respond to Mike Hatch's letter in this paper last week. He was responding to a letter I shared earlier where I challenged state Senator Jeanie Forrester's assertion that she is "for all the people" in her run for governor.
My letter stated that two days after her announcement that she would be running for governor and will be "for the people" if elected, she voted against the expansion of Medicaid; not exactly a "for the people" vote.
Mike Hatch did not reply to the only point of my letter which was why she is "not for all the people" but rather he said that I, and others, "never give her credit for all she has done for the district she represents." So, I have listed two of the revenue cutting votes she cast while being our state senator:
— One early vote she cast was to vote "no" to keep the $30 car registration surcharge which was earmarked for the DOT, causing the revenues to drop $45 million each year that it has not been reinstated, for a total of $270 million to date.
— A recent vote by Senator Forrester reduced the rate of the BPT and BET (Business Profit tax and Business Enterprise Tax), projected to cost the state over $103 million by the years 2020-2021.
Senator Forrester's votes on these issues were fiscally irresponsible.
It is important to know that when revenues are cut, the cuts have to be made somewhere.
The impact of just these business taxes are likely to cut into funding of the state University System, the judicial branch, Veterans Home, Environmental Services, Resources & Economic Development, the Revenue Administration, Safety, and numerous others as well.
When an elected official acts in this manner (i.e. lowering revenues), the impact they will have on the various departments should be made public, ideally before the vote is made.
An informed citizenry is the best form of democracy.
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