THE ELEPHANT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROOM ON EDUCATION FUNDING

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THE ELEPHANT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROOM ON EDUCATION FUNDING

 

How much is government going to steal from hardworking Americans to pay for lawbreakers and bad policy?  The answer, according to a liberal friend of mine, is “How much do you have?”

 

Every time we pick up the paper or see another education funding article, it is about the lack of money.  But the problem with education funding is not that there’s too little money.  It’s that hardworking Americans are overtaxed because the courts and the politicians refuse to implement a fix to the problem and then stand aside and allow it to happen.

 

Do we really want to pay more for education no matter the decline in outcomes?  No matter the waste of millions in bad policy or unconstitutional court orders?  Pay-for-performance has been talked about.  Vouchers that save the taxpayer millions and give parents education choice is another option.

 

Arizonans pays $1.4 Billion annually in K-12 funding to pay for illegal alien kids in our schools as a result of a bad, bad, 5-to-4, unconstitutional ruling in 1982 (Plyler v. Doe) that ignored the Constitution and was accepted on the court docket even though there is NO provision in the federal Constitution for education at all. A state’s right issue. Millions of dollars more will be added to that as a result of Board of Regents and Community Colleges told to ignore the law by Judge Anderson.  Millions in Higher Ed in direct violation of federal law and against Arizona law passed by overwhelming majorities at the polls.

 

Proposition 300 codified federal law into the Arizona statutes:   “… In accordance with the illegal immigration reform and immigrant responsibility act of 1996 a person who was not a citizen or legal resident of the United States …is not entitled to classification as an in-state student ….”  Then Arizona Revised Statutes 15-1803 and 1825 states “A person who is not a citizen of the United States, who is without lawful immigration status … is not entitled to tuition waivers, fee waivers, grants, scholarship assistance, financial aid, tuition assistance or any other type of financial assistance that is subsidized … with state monies.”  Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich correctly said “The law is the law ….”  This President cannot change the law with his illegal Executive Order.  They are still illegally in the country. 

 

Federation of Americans for Immigration Reform puts the illegal alien population in Arizona at 630,700, which translates to jobs stolen and costly criminal acts (including tax fraud for wages paid under the table).  The cost to taxpayers is estimated to be about $2.6 billion annually to educate, medicate, and incarcerate illegal aliens, and that tax burden falls directly on the shoulders of legal Arizona residents. The Barrons Financial Magazine puts loss taxes in the $350 billion range due to the black market work force.

 

The Plyler v. Doe decision was a 5-4 decision.  However, the four dissenting justices argued that this issue ought to be dealt with through the legislative process; that “the Constitution does not provide a cure for every social ill, nor does it vest judges with a mandate to try to remedy every social problem”; and that the majority was overstepping its bounds by seeking “to do Congress’ job for it, compensating for congressional inaction ….”  The total cost to taxpayers is hundreds of billions of dollars over the years.  Here are some of the areas the taxpayer subsidizes according to a national report. www.fair.org   

 

 

  • K-12 Education ($1.4 billion)  
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  • Welfare ($86 million)  
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  • English ($280 million)  
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  • Healthcare ($321 million)  
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  • Justice ($340 million)  
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  • General ($153 million)  
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  • Higher Ed subsidies are yet hundreds of millions of dollars more, and these are just a few of the costs to the taxpayer.

When are we going to fix the real problems with education and stop the legal plunder of hard working Americans to pay for bad policy? 

 

 

Former President of the Arizona State Senate Russell Pearce