The Wine Commonsewer is decidedly underwhelmed by the new Californicate budget, expected to be enacted by tomorrow, which roughly doubles annual spending from a decade ago.
Governor Schwarzengroper and the economic illiterates in the state legislature are busy glad-handing each other, celebrating their bi-partisan consensus while lifting your wallet with the other (not-glad) hand.
Certainly, the economy is growing again, providing a natural economic increase in the tax base, but......
THE STATE WILL SPEND TEN BILLION MORE THAN LAST YEAR and they're proud that they've reduced the deficit from 15 billion to 5 billion.
Rather than use that money to axe the deficit entirely....HellOhhhh, does anyone in Sacramento see the connection between the 10 Billion in new spending and the 10 billion it would take to eliminate the deficit?
For the record, if you spend a dollar per second, 24 hours per day, it takes almost 320 years to spend ten billion dollars.
The teacher's unions, who live in a bizarre parallel universe where increased spending is called a cut (thank you Rick H), will see 53% of the new budget slotted for education. That is a record and it is 61 billion dollars. So, today we'll pick on them.
Lessee, average teacher salaries in Ca are more than 55K plus benefits (highest in the nation according to AFT). Californicate will spend (conservatively) about ten grand per kid on education. My son's class has 30 kids. That works out to:
- $300,000.00 spent for his classroom (PER YEAR)
- less $75,000.00 for his teacher's salary and benefits
- leaving $225,000.00 PER CLASSROOM for admin, maintenance, transportation, capital costs, and "tobacco free campus" signs.
Mind you I'm delighted that Wilson Elementary School ain't going to stand for my second grader lighting up a Marlboro after lunch recess. But, I'm still thinking that some of those educrats should 'splain to us what they're doing with the money and why they need more.
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