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Taxes: It is time for a new tax structure that is fairer, more progressive, well designed, and small-business friendly.
None of these are extremely bold, radical, or particularly innovative ideas. But nearly every “priorities in government” initiative, study or analysis has raised the question of whether the state should be in this line of work in the current, 20th-century fashion. They represent a small start in asking the question: What would our government look like if we designed it anew?
And so, I want to be clear that with our economy struggling and many public services stressed to the point of breaking, I will not vote for an "all cuts" budget. Nor a timid one. I feel a public obligation to be clear that I will not vote for a budget in 2010 that raises taxes but that ultimately fails to embrace the more structural political challenge of systems reform. The answer is not simply more government or less government but better government. We need a three-pronged strategy of spending, revenues, and government reform to convince the public — and ourselves — that we’re doing all we can to build a 21st-century state government.
We can be so much more than what we’ve become.
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