oUR NEEDS AND MEANS
As the State’s highest elected finance officer, I bring a long-term focus and bipartisan approach to Delaware’s financial challenges.
Securing Our Future
Reaching political accord on these matters is the subject of what Ken has labeled a “Grand Bargain.” He has spoken to groups and policymakers from up and down the state about our capacity to reinvent a budgeting system that is almost 40 years old on bipartisan terms. Framing a consensus as the means to operating our government with certainty and sustainability is one way to bring conservatives and progressives together in a spirit of bold reform.
If the Grand Bargain is best thought of as an accord over the way we manage our Income Statement, in a second term, Ken plans to explore the parameters of another overarching deal – “GB2” – as it relates to our Balance Sheet. There has long been a concern that we under-invest in long-term fixed assets such as roads, bridges, buildings and other infrastructure.
As with our budget tests, the cap on our borrowings for capital spending is driven by a test that is decades old and effectively fixes annual borrowing at 5% of yearly revenue. This divorces the question of needs from that of means, and establishes a default rule that is not strategic in nature. A “smart” system involving active and professional management of our debt burden can be another area where members of both sides of the political aisle may find common ground.
My highest function as State Treasurer is to take on long-term fiscal challenges that will ensure our prosperity as a people.
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