I wholeheartedly support your May 22-23 editorial that “State lacks priorities.” I believe it is a theme of our campaign.
One of the points that needs to be made is that we must have long-range planning to accomplish the necessary cut in government services. I believe we should develop a three-, five- and 10-year plan. Too often decisions made only on the basis of a biannual preclude real savings that will occur from three-year to seven-year planning. A good example is that the court system has sought $800,000 for computers in both of the last two bienniums. The capital expenditure could not be justified on a two-year basis, however, within three to five years it would pay for itself. At the current rate of budgeting it will never be purchased.
I also believe that state parks and tourism is the way to get out of the recession. By cutting potential revenue sources we just prolong the agony and remain in the recession.
Finally, we should not concentrate on shrinking government but rather eliminating unnecessary programs. Those programs that are to be continued should have adequate staffing without interruptions in work such as “furlough days.” Sumner H. Lipman Republican candidate for governor, Augusta