Saturday, March 17, 2012

If you're going to be transparent, at least be honest!

Gov. Snyder signs dues collection bill; teachers union leaders call move 'blatant political retribution'

“It is essential that state public school resources be devoted to the education of our children. This continues the fiscal reforms designed to save schools money and help them operate even more efficiently.” ~ Snyder

This is laughable on several accounts:
  • It costs mere pennies to deduct union dues from teachers' paychecks.
  • Districts will continue to make other deductions at the request of teachers such as donations to United Way and local charitable education foundations.
  • It will likely cost more now to make the changes to our payrolls to stop the dues deduction than to continue them.
But the biggest farce is that Snyder, the state legislature, and our entire federal government cause more wasted education dollars than a simple dues deduction. The mountains of unfunded administrative reporting and regulations created by their minions of bureaucrats and worthless add-ons to their idiotic regulations and personal agenda-based legislation waste more taxpayer dollars every day than dues collection will in the entire lifetime of a public school teacher.

Oh, and here's the real laugher (are you listening Governor?):

“This legislation furthers the goal of good government by promoting greater transparency...,” Snyder said in a release. (emphasis added)

If this is accurate, why don't your cronies in the State House and Senate admit that this bill you just signed was strictly designed as a blow to the teacher unions? Being transparent while simultaneously being dishonest is not what I think you intended by your statement.

While I actually do not have a personal position on whether districts collect dues or not, I do take a position on disingenuous political spin. If you're going to be transparent, be honest.