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Need more spending info
Arizona’s revenue from sales and income taxes has dropped off significantly ever since the state’s economy started a downward spiral in late 2007. The state Legislature is struggling with how to balance the budget, and it is likely that we will be asked to approve a temporary sales tax increase to help this process.
But what will we be voting on? In my view, it is not only the tax increase, but in effect we will also be asked to give approval to the state’s budgeted expenditures, which exceed projected revenues. So before we are asked to contribute more of our limited resources through a tax increase, it would seem appropriate for the state to provide its citizens with some basic expenditure information.
If we go back in time to the latest year in which the state’s revenue was equal to the projected revenue for 2010, and then compare the expenditures by department, we could easily see where the expenditure increases (and decreases) have come from. It only seems reasonable that this type of expenditure information should be provided prior to the vote on a tax revenue increase.
Sharing holiday spirit with seniors
As our sixth annual “Be a Santa to a Senior” program has come to a close, we at Home Instead Senior Care would like to thank the members of the community who helped to make it a success. First off, thank you to the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center, East Valley Adult Resources, and the facilities that collected names and gift wishes of those in need. We would also like to thank Superstition Wal-Mart, Walgreens at Gilbert and Guadalupe roads, and Sam’s Club for allowing us to put wishes on trees. We would also like to thank the shoppers who contributed gifts.
Our heartfelt thanks to Healthways, the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, AZ Spine & Joint Hospital, and all our other generous givers for adopting large groups of seniors. Finally, we are grateful to volunteers who helped wrap gifts, and decorate cards and bags for the seniors — especially the Girl Scouts of the USA, with troops from Gilbert to Ahwatukee Foothills.
Through the generous donations and efforts of our community, we were able to provide 3,000 gifts to 950 seniors.
HOME INSTEAD SENIOR CARE, GILBERT
Jobs must come first
In Lyle Anderson’s Nov. 22 letter, “Stop the Maricopa sprawl,” Anderson makes the mistake of bringing in scare tactics and slippery-slope fallacies. Anderson tries to scare the citizens of Pinal County, having them raise their right hand and swear they will save their land and to keep it dear to them from “the disease called sprawl.” He says, “Maricopa County is terminal with greed and growth.”
America has been in a recession. Americans are losing jobs right and left and are battling to get back. Creating a so-called empire will give citizens of Arizona work, which is strongly needed. Anderson also creates a slippery-slope effect, stating the citizens of Maricopa County are the next sacrifices to the mess of the masterminds. But these masterminds are moving America and Arizona forward. Although I do agree the Sonoran Desert is a land of beauty, it is just not right to deny what Arizona needs to work, certainly for land full of cactus, rocks and bushes.
Some of the desert needs to be protected and preserved or what else would Arizona be known as? But let us move forward in progress and rebuild Arizona and Pinal County citizens back up. If Pinal County is a place to start, then let’s do it!