Should voters have the right to approve increases in Government spending?
October 27, 2008 10:09am CST
Arizona has a ballot question on voter approval of government spending. For More information on AZ prop 105 go to: http://hubpages.com/hub/Reigning-in-Government-Spending---Arizonas-Proposed-Prop-105?utm_source=fanclub&utm_campaign=evite&utm_medium=email California has Prop 13 which limits property taxes. Many School Districts have to have voters approve building referendums and in some states voter approval to increase the levy. What makes Prop 105 unique is that it requires 50% + 1 vote (of registered voters) to approve spending increases greater than the rate of inflation. Supporters of the prop say that it will prevent government waste and knee jerk reaction to problems. It will also forces lawmakers to review existing programs to see if they are still needed or are still important. Opponents argue that such limits on the government will make it impossible to create new programs and meet the needs of all people. It will also be very difficult to pass new spending because not all registered voters vote and you will need more than just a majority of those voting to pass new spending. Should the voters and people have such power? Will it encourage more people to vote? Will it make government more responsive to the people? Should this be for all state, local and federal government bodies?
• United States
28 Oct 08
Since power flows from the people to the government, and since the government is supposed to be as limited as possible, I think this is a very good idea. Just because the government wants to create new programs is no guarantee that it will benefit the people. Most likely it will benefits the politicians by giving them more control over the people as they try to further regulate everyday life. The government has no business spending any more money than absolutely necessary to run the government... after all, it is the taxpayers money... not the government's.