Skip to comments.Rendell Loses Another Education Secretary
Posted on 06/14/2005 1:59:45 AM PDT by Mo1
For the second time since he took office, Governor Ed Rendell has gotten a resignation letter from his secretary of education.
The tenure of Dr. Francis Barnes as Rendells education secretary was marked by his discomfort with Act 72.
While the governor and other administration officials publicly campaigned to get school districts on board with the law that distributes property tax relief from gambling revenues, Barnes stayed on the sidelines.
But Rendell press secretary Kate Philips insists that is not the reason for Barnes departure. And she rejects the suggestion that Rendell is having trouble staffing this key cabinet position:
I dont think that its having a difficult time getting people to stay so much as it is him having an easy time attracting educators and people who love public education and have a passion for it.
Barnes predecessor, Vicki Phillips, left to take a job as a superintendent, and the press secretary says Barnes will return as superintendent of the Palisades School District in Bucks County.
IOW Barnes was against any property tax relief? Afraid it would cut into her/education department's playhouse?
Many of the schools in the State rejected Rendel's plan
The need for legislation to transfer gambling revenue to school property taxpayers became a reality this week after 78 percent of the state's school districts rejected such a swap under Act 72. That law, approved last July as a companion to the law legalizing slot machines at 14 locations, also required participating districts to increase their wage taxes by 0.1 percentage points and limit future property tax increases.
He's that crooked, huh?
Instead of finding solutions to the problem, Liberals by default, find the solution to the problem is throwing money on top of the problem in hopes it will solve itself. All it does is line the pockets of the union bosses.
Rendell needs to get the school districts addicted to "free money" provided by the gambling, so that he will then have more support for expanding gambling across the state, so that he and his buddies can cash in.
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