I always try to look at the opportunities that arise from a challenging situation. Usually, the larger the challenge, the larger the opportunity.
Boy, we sure have some opportunities in this state right now.
Just imagine if we can really prioritize government. Not fiddling around the corners but really sink some teeth into this concept of listing government priorities in a very open and public way and only funding the top stuff. Doesn’t sound like rocket science but oh so hard to implement when times are good.
A second opportunity is for our state to implement scores of business friendly policies, like research and development tax credits, reducing the burdens of unemployment taxes and L&I, etc… Make us the go-to state when the good times return. Plus, these policies will stimulate the current business economy by saving jobs and increasing employment.
Last of a certainly not complete list, get the transportation and infrastructure bill past. Let’s get the transportation network working to move freight and people, get the schools modernized for a changing world, and take care of the water, sewer, and other systems that are becoming decrepit.
These things could have happened during the boom years but they rarely do. Now, let us use the bi-partisan realization that we need a stimulus package, to motivate us to, in essence, do what we should have been doing all along.
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