"Balancing the annual budget can no longer be considered good enough when that budget increases faster than the rate of inflation."

There's no denying that Michigan's budget has been managed better over the past 6 years than was done previously, but managing big government is not something to settle for.  Spending has increased year after year while the state continues to struggle to provide core services such as a quality road system.  We must focus our spending on core services while eliminating corporate welfare, government waste and countless programs that could be better handled by the private market, such as healthcare. 

The past couple years have brought us countless tax proposals and there is no end in sight.  Lansing must learn to live within its means.  Lower taxes will drive higher consumption, higher consumption creates jobs, and jobs result in an increased tax base.