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Kids > Your Tea Party Talking Points

Via the Associated Press and KWMU, I see that Sens. Jim Lembke (R-Lemay) and Jason Crowell (R-Cape Girardeau) are calling on the General Assembly to reject $189 million (!) from the federal government that has already been allocated to help school districts keep or rehire teachers.  From the AP's story on the matter:

"The state of Missouri should take a stand," said Lembke, R-St. Louis. "If the federal government's not going to live within their means, then we've got to show them how to do that."

Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, said he also is opposed to using the federal education money. Crowell said Missouri has relied on too many one-time patches for its budget and accepting the federal money would only delay cuts that would have to be made when the federal money is used up.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, declined to say whether he believed Missouri should accept or reject the special allotment of federal money.

Yikes.  The money has already been allocated, and as House Budget Chair Ryan Silvey (R-Kansas City) correctly notes, Missouri should use the federal money because rejecting it only would redirect it to other states.   It's perfectly appropriate for the Governor and General Assembly to debate the best ways to use that money to serve the needs of Missouri children.  But this idea for Lembke and Crowell about rejecting it -- an idea that Schaefer appears to be considering -- is nutz.



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