Monday, July 30, 2012

Garofalo - ALEC GOP Headcase

Another ALEC GOP headcase trying to rewrite their bad record on educational funding – by throwing blame at the  Dems, for the mess that the Republican led Minnesota legislature has been causing for about ten years.

Lest we forget
REPUBLICANS are to blame for the funding mess that Minnesota schools are in.

Lest we forget
REPUBLICANS have been in control - they are to blame!!!!!

May 12, 2011   Mayors from three of Minnesota's largest cities converged outside the governor's office Thursday to decry what they said were major cuts to their school districts under the Republican education budget proposal.

Data compiled by the governor's office show the bill sends Minneapolis $174 less per pupil than projected costs for the fiscal year beginning July 2012. In St. Paul the difference is $145, while in Duluth it is $80.

A freeze on special education funding levels also was nixed in the latest bill in favor of merely slowing the rate of growth. The overall increase in per-pupil funding levels, originally about $50 per year, was reduced to about $20.

June 22nd, 2011  The GOP budget would grow the size of classrooms by making severe cuts to K-12 education, creating winners and losers for our children with disproportionate cuts across the state and deep cuts to special education. Urban students would see the most devastating cuts as Saint Paul Public Schools would be cut $8.5 million and Minneapolis Public Schools would be cut $9.6 million over the next two years.

The cuts to K-12 and higher education will force teacher layoffs and will affect the education that our future workforce relies upon.

The cuts are devastating.  In education alone, republican cuts include $422 million from higher education, $700 million in delayed payments to K-12, as well as $48 million from special education.

April 5, 2012  — Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed a GOP effort to pay back some of the money the state has borrowed from schools in recent years.

Dayton called the measure irresponsible because it would have spent $430 million from the state's rainy day fund to pay a portion of the $2.4 billion owed to schools.

The governor, however, did not believe it made financial sense to spend money from the reserve fund, especially as the state struggles with its budget.

Credit Card Republicans - irresponsible - as the state struggles with its budget.
Credit Card Republicans - steal now - pay later with higher interest.
Credit Card Republicans - steal now -from the schools to give tax breaks to the wealthy.

I could go on and on and on  …..   

Garofalo can go to  …………

And NO! – I won’t be voting to approve any school levies 
– until Minnesotans vote away the Republican control away from the Minnesota legislature.

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