November 17, 2011

"gouging public school funding" = .004%

In the Journal Sentinel editorials today there is a letter written by a typical screaming liberal out of Watertown.  Among the ridiculous charges made the writer they say that Governor Walker and the Republicans are "gouging public school funding"

Do these people have any idea what they are talking about?

In year over year state aid the Watertown district went from $23,526,123 of state aid in the 2010-2011 budget to $20,629.250 in the 2011-2012 budget.

That creates a difference of $2,896,873.

Two million of that was made up by asking employees to pay for a portion of their insurance and pension costs due to the Governor's reforms. 

The local tax levy was increased by $311,013.

The Watertown district made additional cuts of $393,000 by eliminating 2 positions and making marginal small cuts to various programs.  (1 custodial position, 1 alcohol abuse coordinator, no teachers!)

This all adds up to an overall cut of $192,860 out of  a total budget of $47,571,039.

So I guess we now know the meaning of "gouging" to a liberal, 4 tenths of one percent.

It seems every time you do the math the heavy breathing and over-blown rhetoric of Wisconsin liberals just doesn't equal reality.

We should also mention that the letter writer doing the complaining is an elementary school teacher with a total compensation of $105,000

Sources: Watertown Daily Times, Wisconsin DPI

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