Confused about the differences between the Senate and Governor’s budget for K-12 public schools? The Office of Fiscal Research produced the following chart detailing where each makes their reductions… Acording to the sheet, the Senate makes approximately $108 million more in reductions than the Governor’s office. If you’re comparing multi-billion dollar budgets, the dollar difference in cuts is hardly signficant.
Still the education establishment is telling people the Senate budget is the end of the world. It’s interesting; two years ago the lawmakers gladly took $1.3 billion in federal stimulus money to keep staff employed and programs going. Two years ago, lawmakers knew the money would run out in the summer of 2011. What was the plan? The current mess shows the only plan lawmakers had was to hope that the economy would turn around. Hope isn’t a plan however. The left will bang Republicans for “draconian cuts” . However, they won’t say a single thing about lawmakers who slobbered all over themselves to get Federal money but couldn’t think of what to do when the money ran out.