Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Busy days in Lansing

I haven't been blogging much because generally, I only do so while we are in session. We haven't been in session much this year. In fact for the entire month of January, we took a total of 15 record roll call votes. Yes, that's right, we have voted on 15 bills.

Actually, this is probably a good thing since most of the time, when we vote on a bill it is something that either makes government bigger, increases spending or increases taxes or fees.

Education committee did meet last week and move a bill to the House floor that would raise the compulsory education age to 18. The governor says this will lead to higher graduation rates. There is no data to support that assumption. What it will do is inflate the school population by 25-30,000 "students" who have no interest in being in school, and probably shouldn't be there. This will increase the expenditures to the school aid fund by over $200 million, putting pressure on a fund that is already short of cash.

8 comments:

michael emlong said...

How much are you overworked legislators being paid? Reading any good books? I think you guys need a raise. It takes a lot of effort to sit on your a all day and make tough choices on how much to raise taxes

Anonymous said...

Speaking of busy days, when are you going to actually accomplish anything? I mean, outside of getting your name in the news?

Josh said...

I'm happy to hear you're against the compulsory age changes. Hopefully you're using this copious spare time planning for your future endeavors.

Anonymous said...

Jack, are you so blindingly partisan that you're opposing the Governor's plan to keep kids in school simply to oppose it? Or are you so against public education that you don't want the schools getting the cash that they'd get for having the kids in schools in the first place?

How do idiots like you get into office?

wolflady48884 said...

Leave it to a lefty to post anonymously and do nothing but insult and call people idiots. I learned something years ago. People are guilty of their own convictions.

Josh said...

For me, opposing raising the compulsory age has nothing to do with partisanship and everything to do with common sense. Why keep a kid in school who doesn't want to be there? Sometimes kids need to make mistakes to learn and getting a GED or learning a skills trade is always an open avenue.

As for cash for public schools, if your district isn't getting enough money why don't fight to raise your property taxes and see how far that goes.

Jack is a voice of reason in the state legislature and I have yet to see a bill where I disagreed with how he voted.

Anonymous said...

Jack,
Please keep resisting this type of government expansion and spending. We need less government influence in education not more! I'm all for helping anyone get a HS education if they want it, and are willing to do the work necessary, but this is not the way to do that.
Pass school choice and students will define what is needed and what is not. Get government out of education.

Anonymous said...

Wow. Well, I say eliminate public schools altogether. Stop ripping people off through school taxes, and make parents responsible to educate their children. Privatize schools completely.