Everyday I pick up the paper or read the news online and more often than not, I am reading about how state government has decreasing funds with which to provide services to the residents of South Dakota. This is aside from the lack of road money and a lawsuit over the adequacy of school funding. On Sunday, an article elucidating the potential turmoil of the upcoming budget prompted me to write this article.
Can we, as a state, continue to cut services that are already financially strained, such as roads, bridges, infrastructure, and education? What is the role of our government here in South Dakota and how does that role fit into the economic liberties we enjoy?
I believe there are three ways we can go about mitigating this obstacle. First, we can simply cut services to residents of this state. Second, we can impose new taxes and raise old ones to boost revenue. Third, we can reorganize ourselves to fit the 21st century. The same operating procedures and systems created over 100 years ago to meet the needs of industrialism are no longer adequate and our financial position reflects just that.
I cannot vouch for anyone else, but I would choose option three. Albert Einstein noted that, "We cannot solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." In other words... let's get a little creative...