Klarinet Archive - Posting 000689.txt from 1998/04
From: Bill Hausmann <bhausman@-----.com>
Subj: Re: budget cutbacks
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 1998 09:45:11 -0400
At 10:41 PM 4/13/98 -0600, Sean Talbot wrote:
>I found it interesting that some states are trying to get away from
>the system of only funding education through property taxes. This
>was a system that was started about 200 years ago. Michigan governer
>told his state congress that no longer would schools be funded by
>property taxes that they had to find a new way.......congress stalled
>hopeing that the governor would bail them out.......he didn't. Some
>schools had to close a month early because they ran out of money.
>When politicians run....if one say higher taxes to give teachers and
>music what it needs and the other says "teacher unions are bad"...you
>know who gets elected. Everyone wants better education but no one
>wants to pay for it and it is a shame.
The deal in Michigan is to replace local property tax revenue with sales
tax revenue from the state. While it seems fair on the surface, since
property tax is inherently unfair, it does remove local control of school
The downside of public funding of anything (schools, police, etc.) is as
you have stated. Everybody wants the best, but only wants to pay for the
bare minimum. Unfortunately, you get what you pay for. And the line
between "bare minimum" and "inadequate" is razor-thin.
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