Z[i]........I sighned the first petetion to put it to a vote and I agree with you that that should have been enough. So I can not in good faith support this recall effort. I do not know the players in this saga so I cannot speak to their intentions. But fortunatly for me I do not live in the 7th district. That being said, I do not think that any councilperson should support new entitlements as thier first order of business. It sets a bad tone concidering one of the main reasons 5 members of the council lost last time out was due to thier spending habits and the rubberstamp mentality afforded the previous administration. The property tax paying citizens city wide want it to stop. Mr Anderson did not get the memo so the citizens are delivering it to him certified mail.
guassint......Carol Bertz ran unopposed..... perhaps that is why there is no recall effort in Brainerd. That and all the infastructre improvements starteed under her watch. It is quite a body of work she has put together. New businesses sidewalks and a nice park near the levee. Remember every council person who was opposed was defeated. It was and still is about the money. Like Jessee has said He was gay when he was elected. I say keep throwing them out until they realize new spending/entitlements are not acceptable.
guass....I agree 100% Everyone needs to put some skin in the game .... You are correct TN has had a program much like GA so why the need for more money? We could look at tuition increases for TN schools over the last decade and see that the influx of lotto $ has not kept tuition from increasing. So why not focus the increased funding and attention to primary and secondary education first?( I know it's not in the lotto's charter but charters can be changed. This attention could reduce the cost of college by reducing the number of students on financial aid who are in remedial classes, on the gov dime, with no credits acquired upon completion. With a repayment option I believe there would be more dollars per pupil if requirements such as passing the class or repaying the loan were enforceable.
here is a link of GA tuition the chart on the right side show yearly % increase at each 2 year public school ...... GA has basically the same deal that TN is proposing http://chronicle.com/article/Interactive-Tool-Tuition-Over/125043/
Guass......http://www.cappex.com/colleges/Dalton-State-College/tuition-and-costs here is a link to the Dalton tuition.....has the influx in students reduced tuition since the Ga hope went into effect? just one local example..... I'm sure Chatt st is brainstorming on ways to cut their tuition as we speak but first they will need a parking garage and renovate that new building and update their machinery for auto shop and then there is the unfinished sculpture guarding but after they spend all this new money on the current wish list they may get around to lowering tuition after they reduce class size (hire more professors) and toughen their academic standards ( add unnecessary classes to general degrees to milk each student for every penny). I hate to be so negative but I have yet to see any price decrease when the government adds money to the problem.
There are a lot of students who qualify for pell grants and show up for the first day of class get the money and drop. It has become a lifestyle for many of the poor we are wanting to help. Folks with FASFA loans have to pay them back but what about the free riders. No accountability with other people's free money! Wouldn't a trade school in Chattanooga city limits due more good than sending people to remedial math at a community college?
Guass.... Was that the result in GA? Has the tuition decreased for NW GA or Dalton St since the GA Hope went into effect? Has the tuition decreased since the influx of students after the FEDS go into the student loan business or the influx due to the recession? My experience was more art on campus and more department heads and new courses of study but not a decrease in tuition. Some administrators may get a raise and there may be a few more adjunct professors but I am skeptical that tuition would ever decrease. I due like your idea about students having to repay the grant but would that be fair? I'm sure holding people accountable is not high on the list of any vote buying scheme but it would make since to get a guarantee on the money.
If it passes the board will approve 10-15% tuition hikes every semester and price college out of reach for even more students. I remember when the lotto was sold on the premise the money would go to education. well it did. New head start and preschool programs with money allotted for college but no money for k-12. Give them more money and they will spend more money and everything will cost more. Why not take some of that money apply it to primary education and reduce my property tax!
During the last cycle the voters removed most members of the city council because they wanted to spend spend spend. Then comes along Mr Anderson. Did he not understand he was elected to be a steward of our tax dollars? At a time we are restructuring police and fire pensions and cutting benefits to long term employees , Mr. Anderson wants to bestow benefits on non married non city workers? This is the reason I signed the first petition to have this put on the ballot. Non married city employees should not get to have it both ways. If your live-in wants to file single on their w-2 and receive earned income credits head of household credits and many other benefits that are bestowed on single people making little or no money, why am I expected to pay them through my tax dollars so they can claim a survivor's pension and healthcare on the city's dime? Who else would be able to file single on their taxes to maximize their financial gain while simultaneously getting all the benefits of being married as far as the city is concerned? Seems like double dipping to me! Or in years past we would call it fraud. But wrap it in an argument for equality and all the sudden the opposition can be reduced to bigots. Double think much? If you truly want to fight for equality then one of two things need to happen. Either allow gays to marry so there will be no double standard or stop discriminating against single people through the tax code. By this I mean stop all tax breaks given to married people that singles can not receive.
Sorry for the multiple posts but not seeing my rebuttle