Gutless In Lansing
politics, it is.
Faced with a $255 cut per pupil, lawmakers who profess that
education is their top priority, are in a box.
The governor wants them to expand the sales tax to services to
raise the funds to avert the cut, but in an election year, voting for
anything that even smells like a tax hike is verboten. But yet those
same salons run the risk of offending mom and dad back home if their
little Johnny or Janey ends up in a classroom with 50 of their closest
What's a poor legislator to do? It's a lose-lose which lawmakers
Here's what they will do: Punt.
Quietly unfolding out of view is a scheme to place the sales tax
question on the August ballot and here's the beauty of the move: If
voters approve the sales tax change, the schools are saved. If the
voters reject the sales tax and $255 is sliced from every school kid,
it's the voters who are to blame and not the lawmakers.
"We didn't't cut education, you did," willl be the defensive rally
cry of lawmakers seeking to save their own political necks this
Pretty nifty, hey!
"I think lawmakers should have the courage to do this," the
governor advised the weary legislators the other day. Easy for her to
say, she is not running for anything this time out.
But alas, she adds, if they can't muster that courage, she would
not stand in the way of allowing the citizens to take the lawmakers off
So far there is not a consensus to take this escape route, but
knowing these guys and gals, it's only a matter of time before they do
the math and pawn this puppy off on you. Arf. Arf.