Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Schools are the whipping boy again..this time it's local property taxes.

From the Fort Wayne Gazette comes this nugget regarding comments made by Governor Daniels:

Daniels, giving the keynote address to the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns annual convention, told the more than 1,000 attendees at Grand Wayne Center that Hoosiers can no longer afford to think only of themselves. The state budget cuts should be an example, not blasted, he said.

“The totally provincial thinking in Indiana where what’s good for someone else is bad for me has got to go,” Daniels said. “I’m losing patience with people … who jack up taxes 10 or 15 percent at the same time they’re whining about a lack of state money.”

(Helllloooooooo......this is what the legislature planned. I guess you are tired of the republican majority house and senate then, your own party. They are the "people who jacked up" local property taxes.)

Daniels said that if every governmental body limited its spending the way the state did this year, “we would not have a property tax problem, we would have property tax relief.”
He then reassured the group of municipal officials that “I’m not talking about you,” saying the biggest driver of property tax increases is schools.

This is so misleading I have a notion to call the Governor a liar again, but I won't because superintendents know what happens when you call the guv a liar, you have to tell the man you're sorry.

Which schools was it governor? Many schools received no new money but taxes will go up anyway because the STATE legislature (not locally elected school board officials) pushed the responsibility to the local property tax owner and then said, "We didn't raise taxes, it was those schools that did it."

Democrats (which in the past did not include me by the way) are going to remember this one.


At Thursday, September 29, 2005, Blogger Mike in Texas said...

Democrats (which in the past did not include me by the way) are going to remember this one.

I've considered myself a Republican all my life, but come next election I'll be checking that little box that says "Straight Democratic ticket"

At Thursday, September 29, 2005, Blogger Indiana Public School Superintendent said...

And so the great pendulum swings...all part of our forefathers plan for the checks and balances of the world's greatest representative democracy.

In all the partisanship rhetoric, I hope we never forget this part of our founding father's vision.

While it gets frustrating for people at times, the pendulum never swings too far right or too far left. We won't be socialists but then we won't be fascists either!

At Thursday, September 29, 2005, Anonymous History (soontobe) graduate said...

Your last comment is definitely true, Super. As an historian, I like to think that I have some perspective on this.

It is beginning to be thought that in the face of the criminal investigations of Tom DeLay and Dennis Hastert that it is likely that the Democrats will have some sort of movement in the coming elections similar to the "Contract with America" of recent memory.

That seems rather prescient. Democracts have a huge chance here to take a majority in the House and Senate. The Presidency will depend on who the candidates are on both sides. We are only now seeing the beginning of this possible event.

Or, could we possibly see the arrival of a third party? Probably not yet, but these events could forebear such an occurence.

At Thursday, September 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the Mitch Daniels wants the schools to operate on a tighter budget, then he needs to send ISTA packing. Schools are tired to contractual agreements that, when funded, hurt children. "Hey Mitch," if you want to do something right, send ISTA to another state, the state of lunacy.

At Thursday, September 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been a lifelong Republican, but I can no longer support a group that thinks that you can run government like a business...calculating, cold, and only interested in the bottom line. Whatever happened to the government serving the people? Yes, I know that there needs to be a balance... but money isnt everything. I believe that for Mitch it is all about power

At Friday, September 30, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

blah blah blah....

I have a dream that some day no one will remember what a democrat or a republican was.

I have a dream that one day that the quality of a student's education will not depend on what party is in control.

I have a dream that the complainers will seek to understand rather than "blog" their way through life.

At Friday, September 30, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The shifty (DST anyone?) Mr. Daniels is desperately trying to get out in front on this issue before tax bills show up next spring and the Democrats gleefully point out that the Republicans, Grover Norquist notwithstanding, raised their taxes.

To the degree that Mr. Daniels can preemptively shift the blame to public schools he can insulate himself somewhat. The question is whether or not it will be enough to hold on to the Indiana House of Representatives.

Mr. Daniels is hoping that voters will either forget or won't care about his shifting positions on DST, the cronyism and political shenanigans of the BMV, and his constant lies and fabricated numbers when it comes to public schools.

I guess in a little over a year we'll know if Indiana voters are as dumb as the governor is hoping they are.


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