THERE IS NO STATE BUDGET CUT!!

1-11-17

Greetings Vanessa Miller, other misguided reporters, and all—

Granted it is difficult to get honest budget numbers out of state government, but that does not give you, and other misguided reporters and editors, any reason to call a budget increase a cut,  as you did in today’s 1-11-17 Cedar Rapids Gazette.    And you never show the actual FROM-TO budget numbers.  The following table shows what Iowalive is talking about.

THERE IS NO STATE BUDGET CUT!!  ONLY THE INCREASE WILL BE REDUCED.

THERE IS NO STATE BUDGET CUT!!  THE 2017 INCREASE IS MERELY REDUCED BY $110 MILLION,  FROM AN IRRESPONSIBLE $171,805,329 TO  $61,805,326  Source:  Iowalive  1-11-17

STATE BUDGETS

FY 2016

FY 2017

FY 2017 INCREASE

FY 2017 REDUCTION

FY 2017 INCREASE, NOT A CUT

$7,174,294,671

$7,346,100,000

$171,805,329

$110,000,000

$61,805,329

ANYONE CLAIMING TO HAVE BETTER NUMBERS IS ASKED TO PROVIDE THEM

 

Iowalive is not entirely blaming reporters for their flawed reporting practices.  Editors are no better.  But beyond that, the culprit is the public schools that failed to develop your minds to a level of good thinking, judgement and problem solving skills.  Find your year of graduation from high school on the following chart and you will see what Iowalive is talking about.  And by the way, no one has refuted the numbers in the chart, posted and explained on  http://www.iowalive.net/failuresandfix.htm  and in diffrenet forms for many years on other http://www.iowalive.net/  websites,  nor has anyone claimed to have better numbers. 

And to his credit, you reported that Senator Brad Zaun, out of frustration with careless, distracted drivers--pointedly asked, “How many more laws do we have to pass to protect people from their stupidity?”

Blessings to those who somehow developed their minds outside of the public schools—in the school of hard knocks, music, Legos or by other means!!

MIND DEVELOPMENT CHART SHOWS TERRIBLE DECLINE IN TEEN MIND DEVELOPMENT AND THINKING SKILLS

 

To add insult to injury, you reported Senate Minority Leader Rob Hogg, D-Cedar Rapids, said the proposed cuts come to more than $300 per student.  And other democrats in the legislature (who always vote for pay raises for educator failures) joined him in his whining about the phony budget cut!  Did you all graduate from high school in the same decade?  Why don’t you report when you all graduated from high school, so readers can cut you some slack?

Sincerely,

Iowalive   A growing network of volunteer citizens and professionals for improving Iowa