Real life, the beginning of the semester, and that cold snap, all caught me up during January and February... so that's where I've been.
I stumbled on some interesting stuff about Wisconsin taxation that I thought needed wider distribution.... it's applicable to the legislative knee jerk penchant to blame the UW System for every tax problem in the state (a favourite red meat target for Mullahs Belling and Syckes).
You may know that a perponderance of your property taxes do not go to the UW System but to the state's technical colleges.
Well, right now that's a problem if you're a technical college. The manufacturing jobs for which the tech schools were designed to supply skilled workers are moving the China. In the next 10 years we are scheduled to lose at least another 50% of ALL manufacturing jobs in the state. If that's the case, why do we need to spend all of this tax money on tech schools? Shouldn't we be cutting their budgets? Or, at least, start imposing legislative oversight on how our tax dollars are being spent? (The legislature micromanages the UW System in ways that'd make most businesses shake in their boots.)
It turns out we spend A LOT more of our tax dollars per student in the tech schools than they do at the university. How does that make any sense economically? Maybe you can figure it out.
The CRG Network (Citizens for Responsible Government) put out an audit of MATC. Here are the links: http://www.crgnetwork.com/media/reports/matc1.asp
If you can explain the disparity in how our taxdollars are being spent, spending more on training for industries of the past vs. the future -- shoot -- post it up here!
I've asked Glenn Grothman and Pat Strachota (my reps) to respond to this, but I haven't heard anything from them. :^)
How about you?