I know they tell me not to use charts and graphs because they bore the average reader. But I know that you are not the average reader. Also, I just can't help myself.
Here is a "best of" from the budget debate:
This governor spun this budget as it it was an increase of spending in to the classroom. One thing he did not say: it was NOT an increase. See this quick video that explains the shell game that he played on this one.
The Republican leadership practiced their most sympathetic tones this month, saying "we just need to get past this structural deficit and all will be well again." What they don't tell you is that this is the same party that created that structural deficit. I'm not suggesting that we tax the dickens out of hard working folks. But, really? Do we need billions of dollars of tax loopholes and give-aways when we can't even fund our schools?
What this legislative leadership continues to fail to grasp is the economic power of investment in infrastructure and, you know, people! Here was one of my favorite graphics from the week, setting the issue side-by-side. This legislature is so ideologically wedded to the cut for the sake of cutting mentality, that they can't see what they are doing to our state. Just this week, new jobs numbers indicated that we are losing jobs while this legislative leadership continues to ignore the things that attract business: infrastructure, schools and quality of life.
After all of that, the governor claimed that we are spending more on education than in any time in history. OK, this is really more on what I mentioned above. But I just can't help myself. The best part is that these numbers come from the Legislature's own Joint Legislative Budget Committee.