I'm voting NO on the referendum question and urge my fellow Pennsylvanians to do likewise.
The well has run dry for Gov. Ed Rendell. He has increased state spending my more than $7 billion since taking office in 2003. He has increased state debt by another $3 billion.
It's time to take away his credit card.
There are probably many worthwhile projects that need to be funded in Pennsylvania, but Gov. Ed Rendell and the free-spending state Legislature have squandered their credibility on spending issues. I don't trust Rendell or the Legislature with my money. I will not support handing the Harrisburg bunch another $400 million.
Joe Hilliard, writing at The Lehigh Valley Political Blog, has similar sentiments:
Government is out of control. At all levels. And it is both parties that have contributed to the explosion of spending and debt at all levels of government. Politicians fund deficit spending with borrowed money, which will have to be repaid sometime. And for any debt incurred, double the cost to reflect the repayment obligations. Think the sub-prime mortgage market created a financial disaster? Wait till all levels of government collapse and can not borrow or borrowing costs explode. We are living beyond our means. We can either accept our responsibility to future generations and ease off our living on credit cards. Or we can keep maxing out our plastic until the bills MUST be paid and suffer grave consequences.Read Hilliard's full analysis "What's another $400 million?" at The Lehigh Valley Political Blog.