Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Keeping it simple would help Kentucky

An essay out today could almost have been written for Kentucky (the numbers are different and we don't have ports, but the rest fits well). It has great advice we can apply in Kentucky:
"It might well have been better to implement these budget savings several years ago, when the economy was stronger and policymakers had the luxury of taking their time. But such foresight appears to be contrary to human nature, or at least to the nature of those who wield political power in our state (and beyond)."

The rest of the essay is here. Zero-based budgeting would require the state to justify everything it spends. (Imagine that!)

And if we got the government to focus on a few things, there would be fewer painful and expensive mistakes from which to recover.