What’s wrong with Connectiut

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CONTACT: John Kleinhans

February 18, 2015

john@connecticut.gop

Chairman Labriola Responds to Governor Malloy’s Budget Address

HARTFORD— Connecticut Republican Party Chairman Jerry Labriola Jr. released the following statement today in reaction to Governor Dan Malloy’s budget address.

“The budget unveiled by Dan Malloy today looks very familiar. It taxes too much, spends too much, and doesn’t do anything to address the excessive high cost of living and working in Connecticut. Worst of all, this budget breaks virtually all of Malloy’s campaign promises. He said he wouldn’t raise taxes, but under this budget the state will extract more sales taxes from hard working families. He said he would support job creators but he is increasing the business registration fees and extending the corporate surcharge “indefinitely”. This is a raw deal for Connecticut taxpayers.”

“Despite Connecticut’s lagging economy, the governor is also proposing to take $830 million more from the pockets of Connecticut’s families and business owners. He increases spending by three percent — in the face of a looming deficit — and proposes a large transportation initiative without offering a way to pay for it.”

“The fact is we remain a state where most residents struggle to make ends meet and chronic budget shortfalls are now the norm. Despite Dan Malloy’s spin, we will continue to sing the blue state blues until a pro-economic growth Republican legislature is elected next year.”

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More Money does not improve student outcomes.

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This is from Tom Balek:

“Scafidi, director of the Economics of Education Policy Center at Georgia College and State University, said spending per student continues to increase sharply, studies prove that student achievement does not rise as a result of more spending, and there is no evidence that students are any harder to teach than they ever were due to non-school influences.

The most compelling finding of Scafidi’s 2012 study titled “The School Staffing Surge – Decades of Employment Growth in America’s Public Schools is this:

From 1950 to 2009 the number of students increased by 98%.  The number of teachers in public schools increased by 252%.  Meanwhile the number of administrators and other school staff increased by 702%.

Scafidi said, “If from 1992 to 2012 our public schools had increased non-teacher staff at the same rate that it increased teaching staff, it would have freed up $26.5 billion per year in education funds.  That could translate to an $8500 raise for every teacher, or a huge reduction in taxes, or scholarships that would allow many students to attend the schools of their choice.”