Rural communities will be hurt the most if government spending limits are enacted.
Let’s face it, we rely more on government dollars out here. We always get fewer of them, but more of us depend on them. Our schools carry enormous importance in our communities. Our government offices, state prisons, community colleges, and more are huge drivers of our economies. And just who do you suppose will get cut first, rural or urban? I’ll wait while you think about it.
That’s why the Center for Rural Affairs in Nebraska is featuring an editorial by Jon Bailey against the state proposal called SOS. It’s another TABOR-style government spending limit. In fact, Maine, Oregon and Nebraska will all vote on limits this year. These states have significant rural areas that will bear the brunt of the inevitable cuts.
More surprisingly, Bailey says that Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, and Oklahoma all had similar petitions circulated but thrown out for illegalities. That’s crazy! I only knew about Oklahoma’s.
Bailey really goes into detail in his feature article. Go read it, and get ready for this to come up (again and again) in your state. And fight tooth and nail against it if it does.
That’s my opinion.
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