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EDUCATION: Funding just being shifted around?

Letter by George Frey, Puyallup on Jan. 9, 2012 at 1:16 pm | 8 Comments »
January 9, 2012 1:19 pm

Gov. Chris Gregoire is proposing a half cent increase in the sales tax, which would generate about $500 million annually to replace cuts in education funding.

Would it really replace education funds or would it fund other programs that would have been cut if education hadn’t been? Were they actually going to cut education funding by that amount?

Politicians have a knack for talking about emotional items when facing difficult decisions but leaving out other information. This allows them to move funds into other areas.

Supporters of the 911 proposal Pierce County voters passed in November said that 100 percent of those funds would go to the 911 system – which is true. What they failed to mention was that the amount of funding currently being paid by local governments for 911 would decrease, allowing them to use those funds for other expenses.

So by passing the 911 proposition, we actually funded other local programs. We need to be sure that our legislators are not playing a similar shell game with us.

We need to know what other options there are for cuts before we approve a sales tax increase. The state is generating more revenue this year than it did last year but is spending more than the additional revenue it is receiving.

That sound more like a spending problem than a revenue issue. Are you making more this year?

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