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New UTSA study shows how the US can avoid a debt disaster | EurekAlert! Science News
"We need to find a way to have less debt that's politically feasible," Merrifield said.
But how do you make it politically palatable to somehow restrain spending?"
Cutting spending is unpopular on both sides of the aisle for a number of reasons, but the most common excuse is that the government needs to be able to spend without limits in the case of a disaster.
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"The Taxpayer Savings Grant legislation[, Senate Bill 276 in the 2015 session,] substantially levels the playing field between the public school system and current and potential private schools of choice," said Merrifield.
"SB 276 provides for fiscal savings, which is politically critical, and it wisely phases in eligibility for a savings grant to those school taxpayers that already use private schools-meaning, as [the late economist and school choice advocate] Milton Friedman said, families that now pay twice.
Passage of SB 276 gradually eliminates the injustice of paying private school tuition after having paid the taxes that support the public school system.
"Passage of SB 276 would have been great, but we can do even better with a comparably funded approach to school choice expansion through tuition tax credits or education savings accounts," said Merrifield.
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