Friday, November 10, 2006

Why Proposal 5 Failed

To paraphrase an old campaign slogan - It's all about the costs stupid.

While a guarantee in funding sounded like a nice idea, the obvious exclusion of cost controls was noticed by the public and several editorial writers. As I've pointed below, over the last four years salary costs have increased LESS THAN 1%, while health care and pension costs have increased 22.5% and 36.8% respectively. That is unsustainable. Efforts to reform the pension system and the health care system must be undertaken at the state level. This is not just about saving costs, it's about making sure that our employees are safe too. I want the best for my teachers - but not at the expense of having to cut their jobs and gut my programs just so third party providers can feed at the trough - it's not fair, and it's not right.

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