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This study should make Rick Snyder very nervous.
Michigan support for K-12 education this year is down 9.5% from 2007. The study comes from the non-partisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The organization finds that most states, in fact, have reduced support for public education. What makes Michigan's 9.5% cut even more serious is the fact that most of the funding for K-12 schools comes from the state. In many other states there is a larger local component to school funding.
Further complicating the story for schools is that most local tax support is through property taxes, and property values crashed in the Bush Great Recession and have not fully recovered.
So the next time Rick Snyder uses his accounting gimmicks to claim increased support for educating our kids, watch his nose grow a little longer...
Yes, America is taking note of the incredibly incompetent and clueless candidate the Grand Old Party has foisted on us Michiganders. "Silent Terri" Lynn Land has taken the vacuous charm of Sarah Palin, combined it with the stealth of a Ninja, and created a campaign people will remember for a long, long time. (One difference from the Palin campaign: the Quitta from Wasilla turned her adventure into a multi-million-dollar career. "Silent Terri" has wasted $3-million of her family fortune, and only managed to embarrass herself.)
ABC News correspondent Noah Weiland has a scathing summary of the implosion of the Land campaign.
|Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colorado) trails |
in the polls, but hopes vote-by-mail will
mean a bigger turnout that
returns him to Washington
The Rocky Mountain (Really) High state is conducting this year's election by mail. That's right, you don't have to go to a special location to
vote. You sit in your living room or at the dining room table and vote (just like the Curmudgeon's family, which is voting using Absent Voter ballots).
For the politicians it makes the process a little more complicated, because they can't build their campaign calendars counting back from "Election Day." Now it's "Election Month."
Ballots are being mailed to every registered voter. It will be fascinating to see 1) what impact this has on voter participation, and 2) how much Republicans whine over imagined vote fraud by the unions and other dastardly groups.