I am amused by the Press Herald editorial board’s assertion (Our View, Feb. 17) that Gov.Mills has handed the Legislature a “good problem” in the form of a substantial budget surplus that the Legislature must now figure out how to spend.

I recall decades ago when California’s governor, Ronald Reagan, delivered on his promise to bring in a surplus: The state’s legislature was meeting in special session to determine how the surplus would be spent when Gov. Reagan went on television to tell voters that he was giving it back to them in the form of tax reductions.

Recalling then-President Barack Obama’s words during his 2012 reelection campaign, Gov. Mills did not build that surplus. She should give it back to the people and let us spend it as we see fit.

Michael A. Smith

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