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July 20, 2014 at 8:22 PM

How to balance the budget, correctly

If Danny Westneat had read our pledge more carefully before writing his column [“No new taxes means no new anything in D.C.” Local News, July 15], he would have seen that we simply ask candidates to commit to offset new spending with reductions elsewhere in the budget, and to only support new budgets that are built to balance.

Numerous potential reductions — from planes and tanks that the military doesn’t want to corporate subsidies — are readily available, yet are rarely made. Far from instilling rigidity into the legislative process, our pledge provides an alternative and responsible approach to governing that encourages legislators to avoid the constant upward ratchet of spending. It also makes them accountable to voters, who expect them to prioritize the country’s needs mindful of the limited resources at their disposal.

We’re excited that more and more candidates from both parties are joining this common sense cause.

Kevin O’Boyle, director, Coalition to Reduce Spending, Seattle

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