I may, or may not, end up updating this particular post with appropriate links, but right now I am so angry I just have to post.
Doug Ducey is the governor of Arizona. He ran under the guise of bringing fiscal responsibility to our state.
The new budget passed is a travesty. He says we can’t afford to fund teachers, higher education, social services. But apparently we CAN afford to fund the building of NEW private prisons that will be run as FOR PROFIT enterprises and we will see only a FRACTION of the revenue brought into them, all the while our taxes go TO those prisons to fund the staff and maintenance. W. T. F. Doug.
If they wanted to REALLY do something they could legislate that school administrators make a maximum of 10% more than the teachers AND that they have to keep their offices INSIDE the schools they are administering – and superintendents must ALSO be inside one of the schools, or maybe in a rentabox type trailer on school grounds. NOT in lush separate buildings at a hard to reach location.
If they really wanted to do something they would do the same with the higher education schools. It’s ridiculous when a nursing instructor with a Master’s degree makes so little he/she still has to work part time as a nurse in order to make ends meet. And again, the administrators should be making a MAXIMUM of 10% more than the faculty.
I won’t even go into the problem of the school sports programs and the corruption there. I worked as a tutor for some of the football players when I was a student at U of A. O.M.G. Well, first you have to learn to read and write English before I can tutor you. And no, I am not going to do your work for you. Obviously I didn’t last long at that job. That was more than 20 years ago; I can only assume it’s even worse now.
So let’s cut social services. OK, I agree, there are a lot of moochers out there. But if you’re cutting school budgets, that means students suffer. If students suffer, they’re not getting an education. And if there are no social services available to keep them off the streets/get and keep a job? They become criminals. And then they end up in the FOR PROFIT PRISON SYSTEM. Oh, I get it. We’re paying back our for profit prison buddies who got us into office, not serving the citizens who have to pay the damned taxes for this shit.
WTF Doug Ducey.