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To the Editor:

The article, "Gaffney, Klein respond to proposed state cuts," printed in the Sept. 2 issue of the Grosse Pointe News, cannot pass without comment.

In the article, you quote several acrimonious comments from state Rep. Gaffney directed to our governor regarding this year's budget cuts. Noticeably absent from Mr. Gaffney is any suggestion on how to restore these budget cuts.

The simple truth is that our state government, by our constitution, is not permitted to operate at a deficit. When revenues do not meet expenditures, our state government must cut expenditures or increase revenues.

Mr. Gaffney fails to disclose that he is directly responsible for the revenue shortfall, not our governor. Mr. Gaffney could have acted to freeze or eliminate the five hundredths of 1 percent (which is the same as five 10-thousandths) income tax cut.

This tax cut saved a whopping 50 cents of taxes for every $1,000 of income. There is no such thing as a free lunch. It is a shame that Mr. Gaffney is unable to provide any solution to a real problem, and then seeks to cover his failings by blaming others.

Mr. Gaffney has failed our community and cheated our children; and lacks the character to accept accountability for his conduct.

Steven A. Roach

Grosse Pointe Park

Steven A. Roach
Grosse Pointe Park
September 08, 2004

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