Looking back at the political spots that Governor Moonbeam where he used children as mules to get his tax increase passed, he promised that the schools would benefit from the passage of California Proposition 30.
When Jerry Brown used this tactic, he led people to believe that the state would have to close schools if Proposition 30 was not passed. That was far from the truth.
So what did Jerry Brown do exactly?
He partially funded a train to nowhere.
Now keep in mind this train will use California funds AND Federal taxpayer funds to build.
So what is the problem?
First, this is a train to nowhere.
Second, The monies collected from Proposition 30 go to the general fund.
This means that only a very small amount of the money will go to education and all the rest will go to pork barrel projects like the Train to Nowhere.
Third, What happened to this?
Local education administrators, elected school boards and the administrators of higher education make the decisions regarding how Lottery funds are spent in their schools and we are not involved in this decision-making process. According to the Lottery Act, Lottery contributions can be used only for instructional purposes and it bans use for the acquisition of property, the construction of facilities or the funding of research. Approximately 80-90% of Lottery funds are used in California’s public schools to attract and retain teachers. Some districts, especially the smaller school districts and higher education, have used funds for computer labs, teacher workshops, science programs, as well as art and music programs.
So what does this mean? The monies from the Lottery cannot be used to build new instructional facilities. Do you think that the money from Proposition 30 will be used for new schools or will the moneys be used to pay union teacher benefits. Let me be clear in my statement. I agree that most instructors are underpaid and that is a problem. However, when a teacher or instructor is not performing where the student is learning anything, that teach should be allowed to be fired and the teachers or instructors that are successful in the classroom should be paid more money. If all teachers are paid the same union scale, then he or she as a teacher or instructor does not have any incentive to keep performing better and better as they cannot earn a higher income rewarded by higher performance.
So in conclusion Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown has just falsely told the citizens of California that they were doing the right thing buy letting him (Jerry Brown) use them as his personal ATM machine/Money Printing press. The money will be squandered to special interest groups, mostly the Unions. This is the way of the Democratic party that pretends to “Fight For The Middle Class”…..unless the middles class does not pay the ransom that the Democratic party demands.