Re: “Shuttered island” (TNT, 2-13).
Several experts have told our Legislature that closing McNeil Island Corrections Center will cost more than it saves, yet the closure is happening anyway. The money saved by one state agency (Department of Corrections) will be transferred to another (Department of Social and Health Services) as it cover the services at the Special Commitment Center currently provided by corrections center inmates.
We all know that when all is said and done the closure will cost more than the savings; it always does. Where will the needed money come from? Where it always does – education.
Our legislators will reduce the number of teachers, close schools, cut necessary school programs and force our kids to be educated 40 to a classroom with substandard educational materials. Then our legislators will place the blame for lack of student progress on the teachers – as always.
But what does it matter? The budget deficit will be reduced by $12 million. Or will it?