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Which should they look at first? How much tax can they raise, or how much do we really need to spend? I suspect most of of the public would agree that fixing the spend should come first, before it is decided how to raise it. And the spend should be kept at a realistic minimum. Once you know the spend, then decide how to raise it, so this looks cart before horse. Or is he just testing the water? Read in conjunction with the proposed HSSD spending cuts I suspect it is a warning, but I would say that there is a lot of fat in the overall budget that should be trimmed before taxes are increased. Having said that, it is easier to raise taxes.