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Letters: Let’s get creative with budget woes

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Posted: Friday, January 7, 2011 5:00 am

Our state is in deep financial straits. Cutting already reduced benefits to our schools, social entities, health care, prisons, roads, etc. will only worsen tough times for the beneficiaries of these services and sink our glorious state further into the bottom of an economic abyss.

Since our legislative leaders are so opposed to any tax increase to assist us in our time of need, the following are some “revenue enhancement” suggestions to raise capital with as little pain to our citizens as possible:

1. Initiate a 5-10 percent surcharge on all tickets for sporting events; i.e., ASU, U of A, Cardinals, Coyotes, D-Backs, Suns, bowl games and the Phoenix Open and other golfing events.

2. Surcharge all beer, liquor, tobacco, soda pop and junk food purchases.

3. Increase the surcharge (if there is one already) on all cell phone calls, texts, e-mails and other forms of electronic communications with the exception of land line telephones.

4. Surcharge all lottery ticket sales.

5. Movies and DVD’s should have a surcharge added to their purchases.

Revenue from any or all of these ideas should help pay for transplants for needy patients, keep some schools from having to lay off more badly-needed teachers and give us some breathing room until our economy recovers to pre-recession conditions.

It seems like there is not only a shortage of money in our state, but it also appears there is a shortage of creative financial thinking in our legislature.

Richard K. Meszar, Mesa

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