There are few things people expect governments to do regardless of partisan bickering, one being just function on a day to day basis.
Lately the news has been talking about Maine and New Jersey who just returned from shutdowns, but there is another problem looming; there are still seven states in the Union that don’t have a budget.
Many people, like myself, wonder how we got to this problem in the first place. While ideological issues do not help the problem and often feed into the issues they’re more of a response to poor tax forecasting.
Due to the missing revenue, the states are now faced with a few options: raise taxes, cut spending, or borrow the money.
In many of the states one of these solutions is what causes the government to close down.
In Rhode Island we saw a fight break out over the phasing out of an automobile tax, which caused a $9.2 billion budget plan to stop in its tracks.
The fight over budgets seem like they’re becoming more and more common, and this is a dangerous reality.
Taking away services from the citizens does them a disservice and often the State Congressional members don’t suffer giving them little to no incentive to prevent these shutdowns in the first place.
Sure, there can be electoral consequences but the fight over a budget is so complex it is often hard to blame just one person or one party.
A state having open doors in public areas is one of the most basic functions of government and the continuation of governmental services shouldn’t be a partisan issue.
A government shutdown should be a last resort, not a yearly hurdle you need to jump.
Featured image from Delaware government website.