"Give me more spending money or I'm gonna cut school funding".
I guess it's okay now to use students as a bargaining chip in the quest for higher taxes. Nice, real nice.Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing a $4.8 billion cut to public education funding if his proposed tax hikes are not passed by voters on the November ballot.
Brown proposes to raise the income tax on those making $250,000 or more a year and boost the state sales tax by a half cent.Looks like he can count on the teachers union to help pressure the voters.If voters reject the tax increases, Brown's budget will call for an automatic cut of $4.8 billion to the K-12 public education system.
One wonders if that was part of the plan . . .Brad Barnes of the Bakersfield Elementary Teachers Association says the cut in education funding could mean cuts in bus services, after school programs or classes like music or art.
"Education for kids is important. Without that our future won't be what it should be. Kids will lose out. People who make a lot of money can splurge to help out kids," said Gary Montgomery.