Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Head in the Sand

The counties are going to be picking up some of the costs for teacher pensions from the state. That much appears inevitable to anyone who is paying attention. The only question remaining is how much the county will be forced to pick up and whether the local funding will be allocated directly to the school board. Instead of wading into the debate over how we deal with this new budget reality, the head of the HoCo state delegation, Guy Guzzone, seems to prefer to stick his head in the sand. According to this story by Larry Carson in The Sun, Guy told the reporter “he's not willing right now to even think about the best or worst ways of shifting teacher pension costs, because he doesn't feel they should be shifted.”

I don’t think I should take out the garbage every night but I’m well aware of the consequences for failing to do so.

Teacher pensions are a national problem that many states are grappling with. They were even discussed on 60 Minutes last week in a story on state budget woes yet, over in Savage, Guy Guzzone is in a state of denial.

"I'm not even going there," he said.”

I suggest he do so soon. This garbage is beginning to smell. Time to show a little leadership.
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