Sebelius Gambles with Education
"Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Monday told lawmakers to increase school funding and pay for it with expansion of gambling or face a possible special legislative session.
ÂPassing an inadequate school finance plan is the fastest way to guarantee another special session,Â Sebelius said as the Legislature appeared deadlocked two weeks before the end of the regular session."So this is how Governor Kathleen Sebelius wants to pay for the State's education bill, with gambling. How the state can buy land, pay to build a casino and bring in enough money to fund an increase in education funding in six months is a mystery to me, but that is what the Do Nothing Governor wants to do.
Gambling could bring in more money for the state, in fact it could eventually make a nice contribution to funding education, but tying her demands for state run casinos to this year's education funding is wrong and irresponsible.
The Governor's efforts to bring more gambling to Kansas is not a problem in our eyes, but needlessly holding our children's futures hostage to get her unrelated demands certainly is a problem.
Perhaps the Governor Sebelius could kill two birds with one stone. She could force school children to build and work in the State Casino to show them how bad life can be for kids who don't finish school. She could just have them sit and watch the people of Kansas lose money at the State Casino so they can better understand how poor people who don't understand statistics get screwed out of their hard earned money by gambling.
Of course that plan would require creating three or four new school districts for each casino, hiring a superintendent and ten or so administrators for each of the districts.
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