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Dani and GM are right. And a belated Merry Christmas. Guernsey States needs to reduce its costs, although it is always easier to increase taxes. But there appears to be little thought given to how to reduce costs, judging by the recent nonsense at HSSD, which was a complete over-reaction to the problem. It all depends on "will". If it is there, costs can be reduced such that services suffer very little. But it is not easy. If I was St Pier I would task every department to prepare a simple report showing how they could reduce costs by 10, 15, and 20%. And what would really suffer as a result. Then we have some facts to deal with, not emotions. Another suggestion would be to have a means of allowing staff to report ways of cutting cost and waste. In business we used to call them PIPs - Profit Improvement Plans. And staff were rewarded for those that were implemented. I sense that in many ways Guernsey is still living in the past, when there was plenty of money. Those days are over. Local businesses are right to draw attention to the problem, and the States needs to get a grip. And soon. But the answer is not to increase taxes, but to live within your means.