Thursday, March 1, 2018

Ed funding bill dies in Senate

Speaker of the House Philip Gunn and Representative Jay Hughes issued the following statements.

Speaker Philip Gunn

“I commend the House members who voted in favor of this solid legislation at the beginning of session,” said Speaker of the House Philip Gunn. “They recognized that our children are a priority. I am very disappointed that the Senate missed the opportunity to provide our school children a better funding mechanism.
“Those senators who did not support the legislation failed to do what is best for the students,” he continued. “They let the politics of public education get in the way of our students. We can argue about the dollar amount all day long, but no one can refute that this was a better way to fund education.” 

Representative Jay Hughes
HB957 was a Bill designed to Kill the MAEP School Funding Formula.

It passed the House and went to the Senate.In the Senate, it was completely amended in committee.
The Senate voted on it today, on a procedural motion.

By a vote of 27-21, HB957 was sent back to committee, which effectively killed it (since committee deadlines have passed).

Thanks are owed to all of those Senators who put our school children in front of Party.

Now we can hopefully begin to join together in addressing our real issues in public schools, instead of coming up with new formulas to pretend we are not underfunding them.


Anonymous said...

I thought 'Everything begins with education'....

Or something like that.

Anonymous said...

This failure is the product of Tate Reeves’ arrogance. Tate’s reign of terror officially ended today. This was his high watermark. This is what happens when you never count votes, which he and his arrogant staff have never done. They think they’re entitled to every GOP vote. So when it came time to convince senators or, perish the thought, give them information on which to base their vote, Tate and his minions were lost and helpless.

Nobody will fear him now. He’s a lame duck. That makes it hard to govern and harder to raise money. . They will now wait out his term. McMahan and Michel didn’t fear him when they cast their votes against him. Jim Hood may have won the governor’s race today.

Anonymous said...

What a disaster.

Tate’s head is swollen.

He’s a long time friend and I honestly don’t recognize the guy I used to know.

Power does strange things to people.

Anonymous said...

6:34 sounds like some poor lobbyist that has never been able to get issues passed with Tate. His staff counts votes all the time, what happened today, I do not know. Harder to raise money couldn't be further from the truth. The guy has more money than any LTG in history at this standpoint But nice try, go back to lobbying for whatever state agency, supervisor, or mayor is paying.

Anonymous said...

Them state leeders were tryin so hard to hep the poor students of Missippi, and sumbody done screwed it up. I am a proud Missippi pubic school grajuit. I’m gonna be suportin Kris Macdanel caus he speaks my langage.

Anonymous said...

Tate doesn't have what a takes... it's easy to see that. Jim Hood isn't any better. However, Tater tot isn't the answer.

Anonymous said...

ESA's and now MAEP. It might be time for the cabal to realize that their own folks don't like being kept in the dark and then told what to do. It needed to happen.

Anonymous said...

Tater couldn't herd his Polecats, and he blames Democrats, what a joke.

bill said...

This is simply another example of Republican legislators putting their reelection chances ahead of what's best for the state. Maybe after a few years of appointed school superintendents we'll settle into a system that is looking out for the best interest of the children, and not simply building a bigger empire, and they won't be so fearsome to legislators.

Plain ol' Catfish said...

Hell, Lil DicTater is blaming Dems AND the Media! What a Trumper! LMAO!!!

Anonymous said...

I left the State a few years ago and it so sad to see that the quality of leaders is so low.

Anonymous said...

We have a number of Republican Senators who are building up quite the list for their opponents' "Senator X voted with Barbara Blackmon Y Times" mailer. It's no surprise that some of the switchers vote with her all the time -- after all, they didn't have a philosophical awakening. But, we have some Senators like Walter Michel that seem to have lost their ideological compass.

Anonymous said...

So, of all the experts opining, above, not a single one has said anything about the bill or why it failed or what it needed in order to pass. Nothing but a chance to lambast this Tate guy and I wouldn't know him if I bumped into him at Hooters.

Since Michel voted against it, maybe somebody will say why.

Anonymous said...

Tate can't pass the blame on this one to someone else when people from his own party didn't vote for this. Did his staff forgot how to count?

Anonymous said...

Oh no this isn't really a big deal no schools will close. But with this crazy talk out of Washington that Trade Wars are good. Now you talking about about closing car plants and all kinds of manufacturing plants that use steel and aluminum.

Kingfish said...

It's probably a good idea to examine the school districts of the GOP senators who voted against the bill and see how they would have fared.

Anonymous said...

Regardless of the formula, the 27% cap must go. When the formula is fully funded, property rich districts get a “bonus” from the state. However, when the total appropriation is artificially capped, those property rich districts are essentially taking money away from the pooper districts. Wonder what DeSoto, Madison and Rankin would think of real equity?

Anonymous said...

Drain the swamp... draining the stock market and your retirement today...

Anonymous said...

8 Republican Senators helped kill this thing, and all we hear from Tate is that the media and democrats are to blame.

The final vote was 27-21; if Tate could actually lead his party, those 8 would have made all the difference.

Anonymous said...

9:18, Michel voted against it because Ronnie McGehee told him to. Walter doesn't do anything on education without McGehee's permission. I suspect the others were equally scared of the superintendents back home.

Anonymous said...

If Michel is afraid of McGehee -who is leaving his office and going home - then its time for Michel to go home as well. There are a lot more folks in Michel's district who care about the spending process than McGehee. Granted, Sir Walter's cohart to the north, Madame Barbara Blackmon, will be well pleased with his vote. But, although she lives in his district, she doesn't vote there. And those of us that do, we will remember who he chooses to side with.

Anonymous said...

Guess Michel is joining up with Jay Hughes campaign for Lt. Gov next year, since he chooses to partner in his fight, the one that has been his signature piece of anti-legislation.

Or maybe he looks forward to sharing with Jay in the fine seats at VH.

Anonymous said...

There were also 4 senators, all Republicans, who did not vote on the motion to recommit.

Anonymous said...

1:31 - What the hell difference does that make? A motion to recommit was as meaningless as a silent fart in a whirlwind. Past time to reconsider.

Anonymous said...

The Governor and the legislature are destroying the public school system. You have mostly uneducated school board members in Mississippi. How are they expected to be able to find and hire School Superintendents who are educated?

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