A Twofer: Schools and the Poor

Why just screw the schools when you can screw the poor too?

Wisconsin Governor Proposes Deep Cuts for Schools

I wasn’t shocked since we had that spoiler yesterday. Yeah, it’s that bad. ~9% almost $900M. Hmm. I know a lot of people (myself included) believe throwing money at a problem doesn’t work. Taking away money isn’t going to solve it either, though. The teachers lose their bargaining rights, and the entire state’s school system loses almost $1B in funding. Teachers are a resilient lot, though. They practically live by the making do with less mantra. Wave bye bye to music and art classes. They’re usually the first to go.

He also wants to cut $500M from Medicaid. He would achieve this by including increasing co-pays and deductibles and requiring Seniors to be enrolled in Medicare Part D. The latter makes sense if they can be covered anyway. But increasing co-pays and deductibles? Hello. They’re poor. That’s why they’re on Medicaid. Where are they going to get the extra money for co-pays and deductibles? Pick and choose meds time. And there’s always the ER where you can run up a bill, not pay, and discharge it in bankruptcy. Problem solved.

OK, now I don’t want to be completely negative. Just mostly. There are things I do like in his budget.

  • Exclusion of capital gains on investments in Wisconsin-based businesses
  • Very nice. More attractive if you don’t have to pay both federal and state capital gains taxes.

  • Elimination of positions vacant for more than a year
  • It might suck, but it seems the department stayed afloat without that position filled.

  • Truth-in-sentencing
  • I like this in theory. How they intend to pay for all those prisoners is another story.

So there you have it. A few lonely buoys of good in a sea of bad and ugly. Good luck, Wisconsinites.


14 responses to “A Twofer: Schools and the Poor

  • Don in Mass

    This clown of governor, has backed himself into the wall, with outlandish talk, whacking the hell out of the budget, alienating a lot of the people in his state and the country, and now a good number of Republicans are staying away from him. This guy is toxic.

  • Kini

    This was inevitable. At least Gov. Walker had the courage to address the problem. Too bad the democrats and unions didn’t want to cooperate and work with the Governor.

    This is why the people voted him into office. He campaigned on reducing spending, and he delivered. Too bad the responsible parties that put the State in this mess had to run away, and bargain in bad faith. C’est la vie!

    • SpinnyLiberal

      Oh Kini. Cooperate? They already agreed to the cuts. lobotero commented earlier that so many are having voter’s remorse with Walker. He didn’t run on a platform of ending collective bargaining rights.

      • Kini

        As I understand how collective bargaining works in Wisconsin, Walker didn’t have a choice. Because the unions would still pass the cost off to the county and city school districts. Nothing would have changed, except that taxes would continue to go up.

        I’ll predict that once the state can control its cash flow problems, everyone will eventually benefit. It will be painful now, but in the long run, the state will be stronger economically.

  • Kini

    Spinny, you might find this of interest. It helps explain Gov. Walkers position.

    Also see, Waiting for Superman

    • SpinnyLiberal

      Thanks for the videos, Kini. Waiting for Superman is on my list. The problems go way deeper than the Unions.

    • Terrance H.

      I homeschool my children. The local school district tried hassling me, but to no avail; I called the A.C.L.J. and then received a written apology and resource guide from the superintendent. LOL.

  • lbwoodgate

    People who flippantly like to point out that “throwing money at a problem” doesn’t work need to justify how in fact money on programs they want to cut are not working. Not that it may not be true sometime but when it isn’t they need to defend their position with people who have a balanced response why it is.

    This bumper sticker mentality is meant to charge up a base whose comprehension and critical thinking skills are unable to go beyond a few words.

    • Terrance H.

      Enter: Unreasonable Liberal Zealot.

      Right on cue.

      Bumper sticker mentality? You mean like:

      Health care is a right; not a privilege.

      LOL. You’re just too funny to argue with.

      • lbwoodgate

        “LOL. You’re just too funny to argue with.”

        Interpretation: I haven’t got a big enough enough brain to expand on this argument beyond making moronic little digs at this liberal.

      • Terrance H.

        Lbwoodgate Said:

        I haven’t got a big enough enough brain to expand on this argument beyond making moronic little digs…

        That’s something you can work on. You could start with book writing, brain stimulating puzzles, et cetera…And when you jump into the ring, clearly out of your league, don’t be discouraged when you’re beaten – severely. Try, try again.

    • SpinnyLiberal

      I can definitely see how it is used in such a manner. From what I’ve seen, too much of that money stays at the very top of the food chain (i.e., administrators , superintendents) and not enough to the classroom. It isn’t getting where it needs to go.

      • Terrance H.

        Thank you. There is more than enough money, but it’s not allocated properly. That’s something unreasonable liberal zealots don’t understand.

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