post from The Politics of Jamie Sanderson
on 06 July 2012 08:01:48 PM. © The Politics of Jamie Sanderson
You passed important legislation today.
Add that to your resume.
Step increases for teachers will be mandatory next year, thanks to you.
There was no veto from Gov. Haley.
Sometime in the last four months, someone sent you a link to my petition.
Since I only sent it to about 200 people myself, thousands of you must have pitched in to spread the word.
House and Senate budget committees both made it clear that a 2% increase was all they were interested in this year. That additional step increase came from all of you, clear and simple.
On behalf of 51,000 South Carolina teachers, thank you.
That?s not to say that our Governor didn?t go out of her way to take a swipe at teachers.
She vetoed $10 million in funding for teacher salaries, out of $48 million that had been budgeted.
Since the required 2% increase wasn?t vetoed, she?s created an unfunded mandate. The legislature will almost certainly override her.
Her explanation is that the $10 million may not be available again next year, so why spend it this year? She?s philosophically opposed to doing that.
That?s a pretty lame excuse for not paying your bills.
If your philosophy requires you to stick it to teachers year after year, it may be time to upgrade.
Same applies to your governor.
If it were up to Gov. Haley, education would've been cut $80 million this year to pay for corporate tax cuts.
An override by the legislature is likely, but may not come until August or September. I?ll let you know when it?s time to support that. Take a break. We?ve earned it!
Director Restore Teacher Salaries
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