Our state legislatures were in double over-time trying to work out a budget. One that complies with the state Supreme Court ruling in the McCleary case.
It’s quite simple. Comply with the court’s order. Which means you have to set aside however much money it takes to fully fund education. Whatever you have left over is what you have to spend on other things. Like law enforcement, roads, fire departments, and state and city governments. It also means that there are a lot of agencies that you have funded for years that you can no longer afford. Because although they are nice, they are not necessary. You have to choose between necessity and luxury.
Yes, I know that this means that a lot services will be cut. I know that many will suffer. I also know that money only goes so far. I think that in the future we should add a new requirement for holding state office. Make every candidate take, and pass, 100 percent, a fifth grade math test. I’m not joking. Do you know how hard those tests are? I do. I went on line to check it out, and I’m here to tell you that math is a lot more complicated than it was when I went to school. And I think that anyone we are entrusting a $43 billion budget to should have to pass one. Just saying.