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What If CMS Had Taxing Authority?

Well, for one thing, we’d be denied the entertainment of this uproarious back-and-forth over the Bright Beginnings program with the Mecklenburg County Commission. Little question that CMS is attempting to game the system here with a meta-budget $10m. “grant” request for the county.

But what is really telling is that the sudden push for school district taxing authority has been twinned with the vapid “consolidation” meme. In other words, something for nothing. The Local Powers That Be, confronted with an end of the hot-check, Ponzi-scheme era, faced with “we cannot afford the government we have,” have hit upon changing the letterhead and the name on pay to line as viable solutions.

Shrinking government while improving transparency and accountability is the only way out of the hole the Powers dug for themselves. Those goals would not be served by giving CMS the ability to destroy the local economy. Certainly not on the heels of the cynical gangsterism CMS displayed with the bid to kill middle school sports for the want of $400,000 — couch-cushion money down at the Ed Shed.

Taxing authority? I wouldn’t trust Pete Gorman and his shakedown artists with a lemonade stand.

3 Responses to “What If CMS Had Taxing Authority?”

  • Jan
    31
    2011

    Summary,
    A crack addict would walk away from a pound of crack before CMS would start dealing with the reality of what our schools have become.

  • Jan
    31
    2011

    Throwing money at education never works. The system becomes a glorified jobs program. Look at what happened to Kansas City in the 80’s and 90’s: A judge mandated the system tax and spend whatever was needed to create a ‘World Class’ school district. After building Taj Mahal schools that were half full education in the KC Schools simply continued to deteriorate.

    http://hnn.us/articles/124967.html

  • Jan
    31
    2011

    Skyler,
    I remember this also. Proof positive that money is a small part of the answer.

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