Monday, February 3, 2014

Speaker Loome outlines teacher pay raise plan

Speakah Philip Loome issued this press release today:


Speaker Gunn Outlines House Teacher Pay Raise Plan
Jackson, MS—Speaker of the House Philip Gunn today held a press conference at the State Capitol to outline the House Teacher Pay Raise Plan or House Bill 504 (HB504). He was joined in the rotunda by members of the House of Representatives.
 
During calendar year 2015, HB504 increases the starting salary of teachers by $1,500. This brings Mississippi in line with the Southeastern average.  This increase would happen automatically for every teacher in his or her first five years of teaching. Secondly, HB504 establishes 22 benchmarks to help identify the marks of a “good” teacher. These benchmarks identify those teachers who are dedicated to their profession and to our children.  Any teacher who satisfies three of the 22 benchmarks would be eligible for a pay increase of $1,500 in calendar year 2015, just like the starting pay increase.
“These benchmarks are easily achievable and can be attained by any teacher who is engaged in the classroom,” said Speaker Gunn.
Furthermore, HB504 calls for a $1,350 raise in Year 3, and a $1,400 raise in Year 4.  According to Mississippi State Economist Darrin Webb, the growth projections for Mississippi over the next three fiscal years are 4.4 percent in FY16, 4.1 percent in FY17, and 3.7 percent in FY18.  

“Our plan places a trigger in these budgets that says that if growth is three percent or better, then the first one percent of growth goes toward teacher pay raises,” he continued. “Should this growth occur, it will result in a $1,350 raise in Year 3 and a $1,400 raise in Year 4. The effect of this is that our teachers will have received a $4,200 raise by July 1, 2018.”

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sounds reasonable, but low, although the other chamber will whittle it down by half until the end result is a teacher realizing about $36 net per month. Bank on it. History proves it.

Don't know why you refer to him as Loome unless you belong to the camp that believes a raise every fifteen years is sufficient for the proletariat.

Pugnacious said...

From BiggerPie Link proving Chicken Little right and Shallowfaux wrong:The Sky is Falling!

Anonymous said...

Pugger: 'The link you provided cannot be found'. But thanks.

6:12 again said...

PugFish: May I try again? If you'd bother to take a look at prior raises for certificated personnel you'd be amazed at the parallel between reality and my suggestion above at 6:12.

Instead you prefer to rely on the unreliable.

I recall once a family member in the teaching profession getting what the legislature called a FIVE HUNDRED DOLLAR RAISE FOR TEACHERS. Divide that by 12, subtract federal tax, state tax, PERS contribution and Social Security and see what figure you come up with. Let me save you the trouble...about six bucks a week, just over a dollar a day.

Anonymous said...

An assist for Pug.

Anonymous said...

OK, I'm lost. What's with the reference to "Speaker Loome?" Didn't get it.

Anonymous said...


February 4, 2014 at 8:14 AM = jackassery challenged jackass

Anonymous said...

He is in Nancy Loome's pocket.

Anonymous said...

8:28; can you comment on the purpose of your link?

Pugnacious said...

8:28; can you comment on the purpose of your link?

From the BiggerPie link:



...Where does most of this indebtedness come from? Pensions.

According to SBS, Mississippi's total debt is $54,686,815, and $48,808,343 of that is market valued unfunded public pension liability. This is the amount of pensions that have been promised for future payment but for which the state does not yet have the money.

SBS finds public pensions to be a leading factor of state debt across the nation, accounting for over 75 percent of total combined state debt.

What will be the impact on state finances? According to SBS,

"Over time, state debt will exact a toll on state budgets. Money once expected to fund vital services like education and healthcare will have to be redirected to debt service, increased contributions to public pension systems, and more."

Is this an acceptable risk to lay on future generations—or maybe even our own?...

Anonymous said...

"This is the amount of pensions that have been promised for future payment but for which the state does not yet have the money."

What you fail to realize, 5:56, is that along with not yet having reserves to pay for future pensions, we also do not yet have the obligations now. This is the way every pension program (private or public) including social security works. They're all ponzi based. Change the dynamics of the formula instead of clamoring to shit-can the program.

If you think you're in danger of running out of toilet paper, devise a system of ordering to meet future demands instead of dynamiting the restroom.

If every future pensioner were to retire immediately, no program could survive.

If every highway in America were to collapse tomorrow, no highway federal or state construction program would survive. If every insured were to die today, no life insurance company would survive. If every child named in a college savings program were to enroll tomorrow, none of the programs could meet the demand. Likewise, if all state, municipal, highway patrol employee and legislature member were to retire this week, no program could meet the demand.

You seem to know less about how these things work than Kingfish does.

Pugnacious said...

And your solution? Printing more currency to cover the deficit? The printing press money solution adopted by a WWI-defeated Germany-- in response to the victor's "war-guilt" demand that Germany should pay for the war-- did not solve the problem.
And Yellan and Fischer will not be pulling any rabbits out of the hat, either
You seem to know more about how these things work. What is your solution, other than one of digging the deficit-hole even deeper.

Anonymous said...



Give us some examples of the changes you'd like to see in the pension systems since your an expert. Put up.

Sky Ain't Fallin' said...

Amazing that Kingfish, I mean Pugnatious, won't outline any plans of his own...yet he has the ability to state what the plans of someone else are.

The design of the program and the law establishing it require that an elected board be in charge of the whole shebang, along with a few elected officials with related knowledge and background. It's not up to private citizens to redesign the system or to develop plans to retool it.

The sky ain't fallin'. Experts are in place. The wheels ain't fell off. No program in this country would survive if what you Gumps suggest were to take place tomorrow.

You naysayers wanting the nuts to come loose so the wings will fall off will have to perch on another buzzard-roost. This one is in fine shape.

Pugnacious said...

How did those experts come up with something like a a 12% return on investments?

I cannot come up with a solution to the coming pension disaster, but your metaphor is right on. All I got is a song

Anonymous said...

So will the rest of the state employees get a raise? The ones who work 12 months a year. The ones who make less than teachers and have not had a raise in over 7 years either.

Just wondering.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps, then, you will join Ronnie Milsap Sunday at the Coliseum.

Anonymous said...

All PERS participants and retirees got a fact-loaded monthly mailing this week. Find one and educate yourself Chicken Little.

Pugnacious said...

Chicken Little, aka Bigger Pie, nails it again!

The Mennonite higher education model works, but does it have more to do with ethnicity than Bible and the rod?

Suscribe to latest on JJ.

Recent Comments

Search Jackson Jambalaya

Subscribe to JJ's Youtube channel

Archives

Trollfest '09

Trollfest '07 was such a success that Jackson Jambalaya will once again host Trollfest '09. Catch this great event which will leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Othor Cain and his band, The Black Power Structure headline the night while Sonjay Poontang returns for an encore performance. Former Frank Melton bodyguard Marcus Wright makes his premier appearance at Trollfest singing "I'm a Sweet Transvestite" from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Kamikaze will sing his new hit, “How I sold out to da Man.” Robbie Bell again performs: “Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be Bells” and “Any friend of Ed Peters is a friend of mine”. After the show, Ms. Bell will autograph copies of her mug shot photos. In a salute to “Dancing with the Stars”, Ms. Bell and Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith will dance the Wango Tango.

Wrestling returns, except this time it will be a Battle Royal with Othor Cain, Ben Allen, Kim Wade, Haley Fisackerly, Alan Lange, and “Big Cat” Donna Ladd all in the ring at the same time. The Battle Royal will be in a steel cage, no time limit, no referee, and the losers must leave town. Marshand Crisler will be the honorary referee (as it gives him a title without actually having to do anything).


Meet KIM Waaaaaade at the Entergy Tent. For five pesos, Kim will sell you a chance to win a deed to a crack house on Ridgeway Street stuffed in the Howard Industries pinata. Don't worry if the pinata is beaten to shreds, as Mr. Wade has Jose, Emmanuel, and Carlos, all illegal immigrants, available as replacements for the it. Upon leaving the Entergy tent, fig leaves will be available in case Entergy literally takes everything you have as part of its Trollfest ticket price adjustment charge.

Donna Ladd of The Jackson Free Press will give several classes on learning how to write. Smearing, writing without factchecking, and reporting only one side of a story will be covered. A donation to pay their taxes will be accepted and she will be signing copies of their former federal tax liens. Ms. Ladd will give a dramatic reading of her two award-winning essays (They received The Jackson Free Press "Best Of" awards.) "Why everything is always about me" and "Why I cover murders better than anyone else in Jackson".

In the spirit of helping those who are less fortunate, Trollfest '09 adopts a cause for which a portion of the proceeds and donations will be donated: Keeping Frank Melton in his home. The “Keep Frank Melton From Being Homeless” booth will sell chances for five dollars to pin the tail on the jackass. John Reeves has graciously volunteered to be the jackass for this honorable excursion into saving Frank's ass. What's an ass between two friends after all? If Mr. Reeves is unable to um, perform, Speaker Billy McCoy has also volunteered as when the word “jackass” was mentioned he immediately ran as fast as he could to sign up.


In order to help clean up the legal profession, Adam Kilgore of the Mississippi Bar will be giving away free, round-trip plane tickets to the North Pole where they keep their bar complaint forms (which are NOT available online). If you don't want to go to the North Pole, you can enjoy Brant Brantley's (of the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance) free guided tours of the quicksand field over by High Street where all complaints against judges disappear. If for some reason you are unable to control yourself, never fear; Judge Houston Patton will operate his jail where no lawyers are needed or allowed as you just sit there for minutes... hours.... months...years until he decides he is tired of you sitting in his jail. Do not think Judge Patton is a bad judge however as he plans to serve free Mad Dog 20/20 to all inmates.

Trollfest '09 is a pet-friendly event as well. Feel free to bring your dog with you and do not worry if your pet gets hungry, as employees of the Jackson Zoo will be on hand to provide some of their animals as food when it gets to be feeding time for your little loved one.

Relax at the Fox News Tent. Since there are only three blonde reporters in Jackson (being blonde is a requirement for working at Fox News), Megan and Kathryn from WAPT and Wendy from WLBT will be on loan to Fox. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both and a torn-up Obama yard sign will entitle you to free drinks served by Megan, Wendy, and Kathryn. Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required. Just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '09 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.


Note: Security provided by INS.

Trollfest '07

Jackson Jambalaya is the home of Trollfest '07. Catch this great event which promises to leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Sonjay Poontang and his band headline the night with a special steel cage, no time limit "loser must leave town" bout between Alan Lange and "Big Cat"Donna Ladd following afterwards. Kamikaze will perform his new song F*** Bush, he's still a _____. Did I mention there was no referee? Dr. Heddy Matthias and Lori Gregory will face off in the undercard dueling with dangling participles and other um, devices. Robbie Bell will perform Her two latest songs: My Best Friends are in the Media and Mama's, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be George Bell. Sid Salter of The Clarion-Ledger will host "Pin the Tail on the Trial Lawyer", sponsored by State Farm.

There will be a hugging booth where in exchange for your young son, Frank Melton will give you a loooong hug. Trollfest will have a dunking booth where Muhammed the terrorist will curse you to Allah as you try to hit a target that will drop him into a vat of pig grease. However, in the true spirit of Separate But Equal, Don Imus and someone from NE Jackson will also sit in the dunking booth for an equal amount of time. Tom Head will give a reading for two hours on why he can't figure out who the hell he is. Cliff Cargill will give lessons with his .80 caliber desert eagle, using Frank Melton photos as targets. Tackleberry will be on hand for an autograph session. KIM Waaaaaade will be passing out free titles and deeds to crackhouses formerly owned by The Wood Street Players.

If you get tired come relax at the Fox News Tent. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both will entitle you to free drinks.Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required, just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '07 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.

Note: Security provided by INS
.