Fitzsimon: The simple truths about education and taxes that the right is trying to hide

Check out today’s edition of the Fitzsimon File in which Chris debunks once and for all the absurd notion being advanced by conservative politicians and propagandists that because the state will spend more next year on education in absolute dollars that we have not cut education.

“The 2013-2014 base budget developed by OSBM under the direction of State Budget Director Art Pope was 11.731 billion for education at all levels, public schools, community college and the university system.

The total education budget approved by the General Assembly and signed by Governor McCrory was 11.472 billion—a $259 million cut. The budget for the second year cuts another 221.9 million from the base budget, for a total of $480 million slashed from what’s needed to keep education spending at the same level.

If you don’t adjust for inflation and enrollment, etc. you could argue that more is spent in real dollars, but that means less services, less spending per pupil, fewer teachers, fewer teacher assistants, larger classes—in other words BUDGET CUTS.

Schools have fewer resources with which to educate students thanks to the budget passed by the General Assembly and signed by Governor McCrory. That is simply beyond dispute.”

Read the entire piece by clicking here.

 

8 Comments

  1. Doug

    July 30, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    This Fitsimon article is the real propaganda. Comparing a “wishful thinking” budget to final dollars and then calling the final actual increase a budget “cut” is just intellectually backwards at best and lying at worst. In all my years (17) of putting together a budget in the private sector we have never decried an increase in spend as a budget cut. Sure we may not have gotten what we wanted, but you know what…all those up front analysis cases are designed to pad the budget from the start. This has been the case in at least 95% of the budgets I have seen, and you know what the final budgets may not be all we wanted but as in the case with the NCGA there are at least reasons and priorities set to ensure the funds are spent correctly.

    And as far as all this education whining, well the localities are well within their rights to increase taxes on their communities if it is the will of the people to fund more. If they need more teachers or assistants they can use the local allocations to get what they need. It is actually a better tact as there is better visibility overall at that level.

  2. Jack

    July 30, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    There it is. Finally someone said it. Let communities fund their own services.

    For example:
    Ansonville, population 589 or
    Hayesville, population 342 or
    Ocracoke, population 685.

    How about each community taking care of their own services by taxing themselves to fund their own little school district, water quality, and roads to name a few. Let’s have the rule of survival of the fittest of towns and villages in NC. Let’s show the country how backward thinking we can be in NC.

  3. Doug

    July 30, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Jack,
    Those communites are part of a larger county which with consolidation is typically the source of funds. There are many ways for counties to come up with the money on their own besides raise taxes. They can also lower the salaries of their overpaid and overstaffed administrations to focus on the actual classroom too. There are a lot of levers for them to pull regardless.

    Oh, and lest we forget the past. This is a tradition of the democrat policy too…Was there as much hysteria in 2010 when the same thing was happening? Guess it is only eeeeeeeviiilll when the Republicans do it…

    RALEIGH — Senate Democrats say their budget for North Carolina state government will contain neither pay raises for teachers nor a bonus for all state employees to pay them back for last year’s furlough. Gov. Beverly Perdue sought the items in her budget proposal last month, but Senate Democrats told reporters on Tuesday both will be left out of the plan they’ll roll out next week. – ABC 11 http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id=7435786

  4. RJ

    July 30, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Doug: Please explain to the folks in Anson, Clay and Hyde Counties how their administrations are overpaid and overstaffed. I for one want to know about all those levers they have available to “pull” in Swan Quarter. Do you even live in NC? Ever been here?

  5. Frances Jenkins

    July 30, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Chris Fritzsimon would not know the truth if it slapped him in the face. He and his buddy Goodmon will do anything to regain power. It is all part of the Bluepoint/Blueprint saga. They are false prophets and they use the poor to move forward their agenda. That is a sin.

  6. Jack

    July 31, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Okay, as for the poorest counties in NC such as Nash, Vance, Wilson, Hyde and Lenoir to name a few. So, how are the poorest counties and their poorest communities going to raise funding for services per your vision?

    We can do more together than individually. If you believe your quality of life is due solely because of your efforts you are mistaken. Our standard of living is based on public policy. As the public policy becomes draconian the fundamental nature of our communities begins a downward spiral, especially under your plan.

  7. Doug

    July 31, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    RJ
    All the folks in your selected counties have to do is look at the salaries, those are public infomation. Once they have that information, combined with the total number of high paid administrators compared to classroom heads, they can then look at the value proposition on their own. It is up to them to say if their schools in the individual county are effective and warrant increasing their taxes for. They may say they are doing a great job and are funded correctly, may say doing a poor job and some need to be let go…they may have no more funding and have to do what companies and individuals across the state are doing and having to do more with less.

  8. Doug

    July 31, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    RJ,
    I have lived in NC all my life, including a childhood not far from one of the counties you mentioned. Also one of the less wealthy in the state by the way. I also currently reside in a rural county, although one close to Raleigh so not quite as far out as I used to live during childhood. In between, I have lived in both rural and urban areas and actually many of the rural school systems seem to have an actual edge as they had traditioanally been used to being more efficient than the bloated urban systems…..which is where much of the point is directed by the way. If we did not have to support the bloated bureaucracy of systems like Guilford County, then more state funds would be there for your beloved Swan Quarter.