Together in Perfect Harmony—November 2008(Comments Off)
Thomas Fleming on true republics, Roger McGrath on illegal immigration in the Golden State, Tom Piatak on McCain’s appeal to Middle-American politics, Fr. Hugh Barbour on rightly ordered inequality, and Aaron Wolf on the conservative Christian reaction to Sarah Palin. Plus, José Javier Esparza on Spain’s surrender to the left.
A 1992 Wisconsin law limits the revenue a school district can raise through property taxes. When operating costs exceed that limit, districts have to ask voters to make up the difference. The idea behind the law was to control skyrocketing teacher salaries and benefits by holding annual increases to 3.8 percent per year. The state would also kick in money to hold down property taxes. The unintended consequence of this scheme was rising salaries for other district employees (janitors, administrators, cooks, bus drivers), while the revenue caps never grew with the rate of inflation. At the same time, state money is allocated based on enrollment rather than need, so poorer rural and inner-city school districts that are declining in student population have lost out again.