It’s been a few months since I did one of these. What can I say? Between the General Assembly, Joint Finance Committee, and a series on Smyrna School District Zero Tolerance practices, it has been hectic!
Day: July 3, 2017
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General Assembly Passes Budget But No Room For CongratulationsDelaware 149th General Assembly
The Delaware General Assembly did what they could. They did their best to ensure they wouldn’t spend their 4th of July week at the beck and call of Governor Carney. They passed the budget, the bond bill, and Grant-In-Aid last night. With no changes to personal income tax. $190 million in cuts and $175 million in revenue. Actions have consequences. I have no doubt many of them will find that out in 2018 during the next election cycle. By going after education and the elderly they have proven, once again, far too many of them are heartless bastards who exist to protect the rich more than supporting the poor.
The hand-slapping and high fives will continue. I’ve seen it already on social media. In many of their minds, the job is done and they saved the day. Now they can enjoy the rest of the summer. As an added bonus, they had the time to work a ton of bills so they can rest assured that when they come back in January their plate won’t be as full.
Now what? We will see school districts lay off teachers. The elderly, middle class, and poor will have less than they had before. Smokers and drinkers will pay more beginning in September. Any real estate transaction will fill the state coffers. Charter schools will breath a sigh of relief they didn’t lose their transportation slush fund. By the way, thank you to the 16 state representatives that voted for doing away with that monstrosity. Hopefully next year we can abolish it for good.
This is not a victory by any means. This was a bitter defeat. It was a surrender, to all that is wrong with Delaware. The oppressed will rise and make their voice heard in larger numbers. You reap what you sow. Shared sacrifice my ass. This was a slaughter.