I'm working to schedule meetings with the Directors of various Departments within our county in the interest of discussing budgetary issues and the scope of their offices.
There is a great need to cut budgets, and certainly that is my direction, but it is important to know which items are in these budgets because of mandates or the Indiana Constitution even.
Some things can be put on the table today, and other things would need a much lengthier process, such as a Constitutional Amendment. Either of these things can be worthy of putting on the table, but it will pay to know which items could be cut or scaled back immediately.
We think about our sprawling Federal government, but one look at the list of departments in the county shows that we have a lot of government, some more genuinely necessary- such as courts- than others.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Indianapolis Star reporter Carrie Ritchie interviewed me recently about the campaign and about Hamilton County politics. Here's a link to the report.
Though Republicans have a strong grip on county offices, Kole thinks he can take some votes from Levine on Nov. 2.The budget and number of county employees has always been too high. Now that the county cannot afford to keep a bloated payroll, it should be obvious to anyone that the time to cut deeply is now.
"I think I'm a little more aggressively fiscally conservative and I can step to the right on economic issues," Kole said.Kole worries the county spends too much money and believes it could make deeper cuts, especially now that it's struggling to balance its budget.