How did our elected officials think that holding back 40% of school funding was a good policy or good budgeting? It's neither, and the blame lays squarely on the state Republican party. Rather than consider any revenue increases on our state's richest residents (who have already fully recovered from the nation's financial meltdown, and are taking all the growth in the economy) the Minnesota Republican party held the state hostage and demanded that rather than any modest increase in taxes on the wealthy, that our children and our school districts pay the price. Rather than forcing a protracted government shutdown, the Governor gave in to these demands.
A 40% holdback on any budget is draconian. It forces school districts to try to raise revenue through school referendums, increasing local property taxes. Many would like to believe that these referendums are the fault of local, greedy politicians and school boards, when nothing could be further from the truth. Instead, it is a shell game foisted on local governments by the Minnesota Republican party.
We are told by the GOP that we must protect the "job creators." In truth, demand for goods and services from everyday people creates jobs in our economy. No business creates jobs unless the demand is great enough to justify the job. When we shop we create jobs. We all are the "job creators."
This state used to have one of the best education systems in the country, and the economy to match. We called this the Minnesota miracle. We can have that miracle again. But we need to invest in our future, and ask all residents to support that future. Lets not hold kids hostage to support millionaires, and let's remember the party who has supported the kids and our future, and the party that hasn't. Vote DFL in November.