I laughed with amusement this morning (May 17, 2010) when I heard the news that the Minnesota State Legislature had to meet in a midnight session to take care of the state’s budget woes (a $3 billion deficit).


    I laughed with amusement this morning (May 17, 2010) when I heard the news that the Minnesota State Legislature had to meet in a midnight session to take care of the state’s budget woes (a $3 billion deficit). This came after the State Supreme Court ruled against the Governor’s last round of unallotments. So what did the legislators do: Voted to delay $2 billion in payments to schools and reinstated many of the Governor’s unallotments!
    So I ask, does this make sense??Other than the fact the lawmakers got to stay out past their bedtime and probably eat too much late night pizza, they did not accomplish anything that wasn’t already done. How do you explain this irrational action? The majority party must have wanted to show the governor who is in charge and spend more of the taxpayers money by charging us for pizza.
    The action of this “austere” group did nothing to address the problem of “spending more money than you have.” Delaying payments to our schools, in my opinion, is an unpardonable sin, and everyone who voted to do so ought to be ashamed and hopefully sent home for good in November.
    Wake up folks! Why does education always take a back seat when it comes to funds? It simply does not make sense to punish our educators, and more importantly, our young people.?School Districts today, more than ever, need all the money they can get and as soon as they can get it. All the talk about the importance of education is lip service by politicians unless it is matched by significant dollars. Dare I say that education dollars are even more important than those for a new Viking Stadium!