May 28, 2006
By Bill Kraus
The economic troubles of this valued and vintage facility raise an issue that the Legislature and the governor, who seem to me to be absorbed in trivia and who are in serious denial about the possibility that there is something rotten under the dome, are ignoring.
The issue is about taxes and responsibilities.
If the responsibility for maintaining institutions like this is local, they are going to be yet another burden on the already over-burdened property tax.
So why doesn’t somebody stand up and say that picking up the garbage, plowing the streets, and maintaining a park system that the locals want are clearly legitimate uses of the property tax.
And the health and welfare of the state’s citizens should be a state responsibility.
It isn’t really an assignment of responsibilities issue. It isn’t even a tax issue. What it is is a leadership issue.
This is a state where almost all the power has devolved on three people (actually on three positions: Speaker, Majority Leader, and Governor).
They run the place. We look to them for leadership. On this issue and many others.
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