State surplus should be spent on education


Published: Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 12:01 a.m.

We all know that our state legislators want to do the right thing with the $460 million that they expect as an excess this year.

I suggest that the right thing to do with that money is not to give it back to the taxpayers in small dribs and drabs. Rather, they should put it back into the state education fund from which they have raided for the past 15 years. Remember the promises made about lottery profits being used to enhance education?

It would make much more sense to use the entire amount for teacher pay increases. But we know that will never happen because in some weird way that would make the hated teachers union too powerful.

So, how about earmarking that money for new school construction and/or upgrading current schools? Not only would that make more sense but it would also make the Legislature look good to the voters. Not that our legislators are concerned about anything like that this coming election year.

Richard B. Dahlseid,

Keystone Heights

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