Emmer and Kline Double Down on Education

QUERY : IF a Team accomplishes a Goal, who wins and who loses ?

The Goal as stated by Grover Norquist :

I don’t want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.

The Team as written by Steve Champman in TownHall :

Here’s my first impression of the tea party movement: It’s a rabidly right-wing phenomenon with a shaky grasp of history, a strain of intolerance and xenophobia, a paranoia about Barack Obama, and an unhealthy reverence for Fox News. Any movement that doesn’t firmly exclude Birchers, birthers and Islamaphobes is not a movement for me.
Here’s my second impression of the tea party movement: We are lucky to have it.
That’s because the tea partiers, who may not all agree on gay marriage or birthright citizenship, are united behind a couple of sound goals: curtailing the cost of government and refusing to live at the expense of future generations. Those are goals that, for eight years, had many rhetorical supporters in Washington, but few authentic champions.

With the Team seemingly embracing the Goal, one aspect of government funding that seems to be in the crosshairs is Education.

US Senate Candidate Rand Paul (R-KY) writes :

Revenue for education should be local. Once you allow the federal government in, you lose control. There is no Constitutional enumeration for federal education. The Constitution allows states and cities to participate in education; period.”

When US Senate Candidate Sharron Angle (R-NV) was asked “Would you eliminate the Department of Education or simply cut it back?” Angle responds,

I would like to go through to the elimination. I think we start by defunding it, and the reason that we should eliminate it is because its not the federal government’s job to provide education for our children. It’s a 10th Amendment right. It should be done here in the state, and it should be done as close to the local as possible.”

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that US Senate candidate Joe Miller (R-AK) :

His agenda envisions a federal government with reduced limits. He would cut off federal dollars for the United Nations, gradually privatize Medicare and Social Security and disband federal departments that aren’t spelled out in the Constitution, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Education Department.”

And in Delaware, Christine O’Donnell, the Republican nominee, defeated Congressman Mike Castle in the primary. While O’Donnell’s views on education are aligned with the others listed above, Congressman Castle was a dominate force on the House Education and Labor Committee as the author of the 2004 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which guarantees a free, appropriate public education to students with disabilities nationwide. He helped write the 1997 revision of the IDEA and the 2001 reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Congressman Castle also helped shepherd the 2007 reauthorization of the Head Start Act, which gained broad bipartisan support. The vote was lopsided with Republicans voting in favor 142 – 48 … however amongst the NO votes were Minnesotans John Kline (of the Education and Labor Committee) and Michele Bachmann.

So the Team is getting their players in place in the Senate. In the House of Representatives, Ms. Bachmann has established a Tea Party Caucus listing over 40 members.

And waiting to become Chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee is John Kline. Mr. Kline has expressed his views clearly on President Obama’s education proposals : “This is the U.S. Department of Education, putting [out its] view of what needs to be done. … It’s not the states deciding. It’s not local control.” “I would not expect that there would be more bailouts and more stimulus.”

Oh, yeah those “bailouts” … like So for example, schools got funding to stave off laying off teachers … such as for Mr. Kline’s Second District schools :

$ 16,707, 809 for Independent School District 196

$ 10,065,132 for Independent School District 833

$ 7,240,714 for Independent School District 191

$ 6,439,165 for Lakeville Area School District

$ 5,546,590 for Independent School District 112

$ 4,245,664 for Shakopee School District

$ 3,967,430 for Prior Lake – Savage School District

$ 3,704,868 for Independent School District 192

$ 3,226,995 for Hastings Independent School District 200

$ 3,107,745 for Independent School District 656

$ 2,731,768 for Independent School District 659

$ 2,482,639 for Independent School District 199

$ 2,128,638 for New Prague Independent School District 721

$ 1,805,686 for Waconia Independent School District 110

$ 1,280,181 for Independent School District 256

$ 1,040,109 for Watertown-Mayer School District

$ 993,932 for Independent School District 717

$ 959,295 for Belle Plaine Independent School District 716

$ 737,393 for Montgomery-Lonsdale Schools 394

$ 696,034 for Carver County Independent School District 108

$ 584,770 for Independent School District 2397

$ 540,819 for Cannon Falls Independent School District 252

$ 523,237 for Independent School District 255

$ 490,079 for Zumbrota-Mazeppa School District 2805

$ 449,678 for Waterville-Elysian-Morristown Schools 2143

$ 383,269 for Kenyon-Wanmingo School District 2172

$ 307,866 for Independent School District 195

$ 275,163 for Goodhue Independent School District 253

$ 163,166 for Cleveland Public School District 391

Where would those dollars have come from without the “bailout” ? Mr. Kline opposed the legislation, and otherwise the State of Minnesota and the taxpayers would have seen immediate impact … ultimately hitting property taxes for homeowners and businesses.

The future of federal funding to the states for education is a serious question.

Now, let’s look at the MN-GOP candidate for Governor Tom Emmer’s education plan. School funding is the largest portion of a state budget that is projected to face a $5.8 billion deficit. Mr. Emmer said his first two-year budget would contain $13.8 billion for primary and secondary education – exactly what Minnesota spends right now.
OK, except under current law, education spending is projected to rise to $15.6 billion over the next two-year period, so Mr. Emmer’s plan to hold funding flat would in effect mean cutbacks.
School districts face additional problems as Mr. Emmer also has decided not to restore school funding the state delayed in an accounting transfer until 2014… which ensures that some districts will be forced to borrow to meet cash flow needs.

That’s a problem. With Erik Paulsen, Michele Bachmann and John Kline having previously voted against helping out states, Mr. Emmer is placed in a situation of deferring payments out and cutting expenditures.

Mr. Emmer must now be realizing that it was a whole lot easier to whine in the state legislature than to have to develop the budget … voters need to understand that candidates the profess eliminating spending at the federal level will have a direct result on the states … and ulimately your hometown … and finally onto your property tax bill.

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