Discussion Forum 3: High Cost, Poor Service
Governments usually provide public services to individuals living within their jurisdiction. Ideally, their provision rarely results in profit for the government. On the other hand, they are funded by taxpayer’s money. According to Hurlbert (2018), public services led to government expenses by taking the most significant portion of the national budget. Most of these funds are obtained from taxes that are applied to everyone irrespective of whether they use the service or not. Therefore, concerns exist over whether public services are a waste of taxpayer’s money or not. Regarding this argument, I feel that public services are not a waste of taxpayers’ money. Primarily, I work in the public sector, and I do not feel that I am overpaid. Thus, I wonder why the public labour union cannot cut a better deal for employees.
The support for maintaining public services is because they include crucial services such as security. Therefore, if the government does not fund these services, they may disintegrate and cause various adverse effects on many people. On the other hand, there is a need to improve the quality in the public sector regarding the services offered. Ideally, the tax levied is high while the quality of services delivered is poor. Therefore, the union should seek to push the government to achieve a balance between cost and service offered.
Hurlbert, M. A. (2018). Comparative Analysis. In Adaptive Governance of Disaster (pp. 191-216). Springer, Cham.