Republican governor says GOP shrinking government role
June 26, 1999
Web posted at: 1:35 p.m. EST (1835 GMT)
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Republican governors are helping to shrink government spending and lessen the tax load for American families, Michigan Gov. John Engler said Saturday.
In giving the weekly GOP radio address, Engler said Republican governors are "making a difference" ion the lives of American families.
"My colleagues -- from Arizona to Florida, Wisconsin to Wyoming -- are cutting taxes and reducing the size of government, he said.
Engler credited Republican governors with shortening the time needed to reach the "cost of government day" -- the number of days it takes for taxes to cover the cost of government and regulations.
This year, taxpayers broke even on June 22, after 173 days, 11 days sooner than in 1995.
Engler noted that Colorado taxpayers will save more than $1 billion over the next five years, because of a tax cut bill signed by Republican Gov. Bill Owens.
He also noted that New York Gov. George Pataki has signed 36
tax cuts into law, saving New Yorkers $19 billion.
"As Governor Pataki puts it, New York has gotten so much better with Republican leadership, first lady Hillary Clinton is thinking of moving there," he said.