That way they can force us into voting for new taxes. If it didn't work, they wouldn't keep doing it. This current economic situation is a good chance to cut back to what really matters and toss out local government wasteful programs of lesser value.
For some states things just got tougher and no telling when the sun will come out. Their budgets aren't even close to being meant and under such circumstances, the jackals come out. In the state of Ohio, the idea of expanded gambling of various kinds have risen to become part of budget solution. In other ways, cutting costs and/or lessening funding has also been suggested/proposed. Whatever the reason, these budgets are cutting into the bone of social and community based pgms. that have been well liked and/or proven to be a basis for a good community. Things like parks, libraries, and schools, etc. are feeling or getting the view of the cutting axe.
Why? various reasons, but most point to job loss, housing, the stock market/loan debacle and flat out greed. However, do you see anyone(or many) falling or taking the blame. -----Willy