I had a conversation with a teacher friend last night who is very anti-Hogan. He said that Hogan is responsible for cutting a large amount of education funding and blocking teacher raises. I have been Google searching to look for proof of this but haven't found anything. Does anyone know if this is true?
I understand that this was a decrease to the expected increase in funding.
This is what I heard on the radio last night. Not really a cut in funding, just a reduction to a future increase. I guess the Owe'Malley spending frenzy is over. Spend only what you take in, what a concept. It would be nice if the bridge toll could be eased a little. Going from $2.50 to $6.00 does not sound like a reasonable margin for a bridge that was already producing a generous profit.
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Post by nicholas1229 on Apr 23, 2015 21:22:41 GMT -4
I agree that school enrollment is probably increasing, but attaching a 5 1/2 year old projection isn't really something I would rely on. As far as these unions are concerned, the only solution they propose is to increase funding. Instead, I would rather hear some compromise. What areas are they willing to make cuts? Are there any items that could be deferred? One item I firmly believe will be the next "bubble" are pension benefits. Very few non-government companies can afford pensions (and the ones that do are struggling like the auto and airline industries). Why is it that governments are the only ones that can afford to cover pensions? Because they don't have to fund it right away. Granted, you can't take away benefits that have been guaranteed... but it would save a ton of money to stipulate that all people hired after a certain date would be given a 401k with a reasonable match. Pensions just don't work and are massive costs to these schools. If you don't think pensions are costly, see the 251 Billion in pension benefits.
The projections are broken down by year in the file that I referenced.
Take along with this that many if not all counties in Maryland have funded "maintenance only" budgets, which mean that any scheduled maintenance has been neglected and deferred. The county that I work for, a wealthy county, is $40-50 million behind in scheduled maintenance and yet another "maintenance only" budget ahead of us.. Hogan and Francot made a big deal out of how school systems should maintain what they have. OK, that's a great idea and something that we have tried to do over the years and do a pretty decent job of it. However, just how can you continue to do that when things that need to be replaced can't be replaced because the money isn't provided by the State to do so?
And who takes the heat when deficiencies and life safety issues arise, but haven't been taken care of because of lack of funding? You can be sure it won't be Hogan and Francot.
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