We need to look better at the programs we have! A big budget chunk goes into housing children we take away from their families. Did you know it can cost $100's/night in a facility that keeps children?We live in a welfare state, i.e. we keep asking for, or they [legislators] just enact, more and more programs that the state provides but, in turn, we do not want to pay the taxes to support those programs. We need to stop relying on the state for so much. The government has grown to massive and is reliant on over-taxing and over-burdening the workers. We need to cut programs so the state can work within its means so taxes do not go up every year.
What if we spent more to strengthen families? We would rather be quick to judge the parent & take their kids away. I learned a long time ago, spend $30 to change my oil regularly and the more expensive fixes will be fewer & far between.