Check out our ‘cheers and jeers’ for governors’ budgets


By Katie Kanner

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Budget proposals are clear indicators of any governor’s priorities—and they reveal some major differences in how much our elected leaders value public education.

In Montana and Pennsylvania, governors took a strong lead by investing heavily in K-12 education and freezing tuition. Higher education institutions in Virginia have been allotted funds for financial aid programs and research technology. And in Minnesota, Governor Mark Dayton’s vision to provide quality early childhood education for all students has earned him the nickname, “The Education Governor.” Other states, however, have not been so lucky.

In Arizona, per-pupil spending is the worst in the nation, yet Governor Ducey cut funds that provide essential support to classrooms. Even worse, his budget was passed in the middle of the night to avoid public debate.

Governor Hogan of Maryland proposed cutting millions of dollars in school funding, cuts that are expected to compound over the next four years. In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal would give wealthy Wisconsin families $10,000 tax deductions just sending their children to private schools.

Below are more highlights and lowlights from governors’ proposals from across the country:

Cheers and Jeers


Reader Comments

  1. The biggest problem we face as a nation is reminiscent of our plight leading up to the Great Depression, which was preceeded by the Wall Street crash of ’29.
    Like then, the consolidation of capital to the top, and the emphasis on Wall Street retuns during the Industrial Revolution ignored the vital role of consumer demand for continued economic growth and increased production. Except today it is arguably compounded by the Fed pumping $Trillions$ of fiat currency into the economy, all of which has ended up in the coffers of Wall Street, the financial sector and corporate profit margins.
    Meanwhile, tax breaks for the wealthy (a reduction in marginal rates from 91% during the ’50s to 28% in the ’80s) a stimulus for the investment of wealth in the financial sector and Wall Street in the form of tax deferred annuities, stock options, market bonds, and other tax avoidance strategies, a notion that came into vogue during the Reagan years.
    Similarly, tax avoidance strategies (loopholes, credits, write-offs, etc. in the corporate tax code) were lobbied for and written to suit $moneyed interest$ leaving an increasingly underemployed declining middle class to pick up the tab for the upkeep of the most sophisticated nation on Earth.
    Now, instead of admitting the jig is up, our elected representatives, beholden as they are to the leagues of lobbyists, tax lawyers, teams of business experts, Political Think Tanks, and Super PACs, that fund their campaigns and basically purchase national policy in our legislature, policy that provides them with $2.3 TRILLION in profits they then park in offshore tax havens, look at where they can cut, cut, cut more from the budget, thereby furthering the demise of the nation and middle class and poor that occupy her. C-O-R-R-U-P-T-I-O-N!!!

  2. If you take the $9 billion dollars AZ spends on K-12 this year, not only is education the SINGLE LARGEST BUDGET ITEM IN THE STATE, but it also averages out to over $8500/student, more than some Democrat states. You might want to ask the district Bureaucrats why they choose to spend less than a month of their budgets on regular teacher salaries. That might clear up who’s really behind the apparent lack of funding: The liberal administrators. Why would they do this? To motivate teachers to vote for more money of course, and to perpetuate your blood-boiling ignorance about who’s actually behind poor teacher pay in AZ. Contrary to your flagrant lies, DUCEY INCREASED THE EDUCATION BUDGET this year, as have all governors in the past 13 years. Yes, even Brewer. Look at the annual finding reports.

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