Let me see ... DHHS was "carefully & responsibly" managing the money of the people of Maine and of the United States by spending over $300,000 per unit to build subsidized apartments. This same state agency was "carefully & responsibly" managing who should and who should not receive assistance from the State of Maine.
When was the last time the words "What we ALL can AFFORD and what we ALL can NOT AFFORD" was part of this decision making process ?
- $ 40 of every $100 Maine spends each year comes from Washington D.C.
- for every $ 20 Mainers pay to D.C. ... $ 30 is sent back to Augusta
- Maine is thus a "welfare state" of the United States of America
- D.C. borrows $ 40 of $100 dollars the U.S. spends every year
- so ... $ 16 of every $ 100 Maine spends each year is BORROWED by D.C.
Yes, of course, we ALL can AFFORD "just a little" welfare fraud and "just a little" incompetence in Maine's DHHS and in all of the government of the State of Maine.
Yes, of course, let's spend money for what people "need" and "deserve" because they "want" for what some others have.
Keep up the "tax and spend" socialist pot stirring Sun Journal. Sick and dangerous ... not merely sad.
Maine Controller's office CAFR shows Maine spent $ 7.5 BILLION in 2012-2013. Also shows $3.1 BILLION came from D.C. ... only 41 % of every dollar spent by "Maine's" government.
D.C. had to borrow 40 cents (40 %) of every dollar those fools spent "for U.S. all". This means "our" U.S. government borrowed almost $1.3 BILLION just to pay Maine's bills over the last 12 months. I guess the Sun Journal and the other pro spending and debt fools in Maine thinks D.C. should borrow MORE from our grandchildren and their grandchildren to be spent in Maine this coming year and every year ahead.
And Maine is not "sharing" enough money with the 455 local governments in one of the ... poorest, most taxed ... states in our nation that has more government per capita and that all these "old and poor" Mainers have to support ... as does the Government of the United States with more spending and more debt every year.
We, in our nation, can't even afford to pay for more than 60 % of what our federal "government" costs each year. We, in Maine, can't even afford to pay for 60 % of what our state "government" costs each year. We, in our Androscoggin, cannot afford to pay what our county "government" wants to spend with money from each of our 14 municipal governments in our county. The people, in Auburn, can't afford to pay for what Auburn's two, municipal and school, "governments" want to spend each year.
Yes, the problem is not enough taxes and not enough spending paid from the ONE WALLET each taxpayer into the grasping claws of FIVE LEVELS OF GOVERNMENTS we all desperately need ? ! ? ! ?
Thank you Sun Journal for the endless tax and spend propaganda. This time blame Augusta or LePage for not enough state money. Next time blame Washington, the President or Congress, for not enough federal money. The time after that blame, the Mayor or Council or School Board, for not enough money. Ultimately you are always insulting and demanding more and more money and debt from "We the People".
It is no wonder most "news"papers are steadily failing all over Maine and all over the United States.
61% of those who cared enough to vote one way or another ... against or for ... the school budget, voted to REJECT the school budget.
What the 84% who did not care enough to vote wanted matters no more than what the 95% wanted who did not care enough to vote in 2012.
Out of 1.3 million in Maine, there are over 984,000+ registered voters in Maine. Out of these, there are bound to be some of the 31,000+ people (3.1%) who see the Sun Journal, who read the liberal tax and spend propaganda, who believe the propaganda, who live in Auburn, and who might then vote in Auburn based upon the propaganda and thus keep adversely affecting Auburn, our county and our state.
I don't need or expect to reach and help all 31,000 who see the Journal or even all those who read it. Remember, there were 600 "more" yesterday in Auburn who were willing to ignore the Sun Journal Editorial Board's tax and spend propaganda and to win the day in the critically serious fights for affordable and sane spending.
I know I can't help everyone or even many. I'm just hoping I might help one or two. Maybe I can even help a handful who can do grade school math and who have not been indoctrinated past the point of actually questioning, "Will tax, spend, and debt ever finally actually work?". I realize it's idealistic of me and mostly hopeless but one can try occasionally.
If I'm wrong in trying, I'm totally comfortable knowing my efforts here are totally irrelevant.
61 % of voters REJECTED the school budget yesterday.
Go forward plan. A much smaller and better value for dollar "Auburn schools administration" with all spending controlled first by hard reality and then by lean management of what little hard reality allows.
Less than inflation increase in school budgets retroactive at least two years.
NEED and DESERVE are the two most dangerous words used to guide SPENDING by any level of our governments.
AFFORD from the start and AFFORD till the end are the two words that should be used to guide all SPENDING by any level of our governments ... including Auburn schools.
Welcome INDEED to the don't trust government to be factual club !
Some don't trust the Federal government to be factual and with just cause, especially when it comes to any spending numbers..
Lots don't trust Auburn government to be factual, especially when it comes to any spending numbers.
61% of the voters yesterday in Auburn did not trust Auburn government when it comes to school spending numbers.
In elections, 52% is a solid win. Anything over 55% is a landslide.
Auburn's school administration was buried by yesterday's huge landslide.
- "nearly $20,000" was the number the Sun Journal Editorial Board used in their June 9 "Facts Show ... " opinion piece to which I responded
... Can we not all rely on the Sun Journal to be factual ?
- $27,915 (2011 dollars) comes forn the U.S. Census
... Can we not all rely on the U.S. Government to be factual ?
Respect your opinion regarding my logic.
My logic tells me that the reason the population of Maine continues shrink and the average age (now the oldest in U.S.) continues to grow is the lack of opportunities for good jobs and business growth for most young Mainers, let alone for most Mainers. So people vote with their feet and ... leave Maine.
Our neighbors moved their family of six back to Maine and based their national business back in Maine three years ago from California. They are leaving for Texas within the next couple months for lower taxes (residential, income, and business), for much better schools for their children, for business opportunities to allow them to work and to pay their bills, and for future opportunities for their children ... none of which Maine offers them. They love Maine but hate the high tax and weak business climate. They have reluctantly chosen to move while they still have enough money left so they can afford to make this very expensive change.
An 82 year old friend had to sell the house in which she raised her family and has moved out of Maine because she could not longer afford the ever rising Auburn taxes on her home and the other expenses Maine imposes that she could escape by, very reluctantly, moving away.
Real money is required to "invest: in anything. Auburn already has access to the less and less money in the ... year after year thinner wallets ... of residents and business owners in Auburn. Auburn can access more of this ever dwindling amount of money UNTIL enough voters rebel and say ... NO. Enough Auburn voters rebelled and said NO yesterday, June 11, 2013.
Rebellion over taxes is an "old American custom". Goes back to July 4, 1776 and even before that to the Pine Tree Riot of 1772.
Logic tells me that extremely few Mainers and extremely few in Auburn have seen their incomes grow 6.9% over the entire last five years, let alone in the past year. How many people living in Auburn have received COLA raises in the last 4 years ?
No one I know in the private sector. Certainly not state employees. Certainly not people on Social Security. Certainly not people in our armed forces. Logic tells me that this leaves darn few. How many Auburn businesses have seen their gross revenues grow 6.9% in the past year. A mere handful I know. How many Auburn businesses have seen their profits grow 6.9% in the past year. None that l know. Simple logic dictates that taxes are paid either with profits or with more debt from borrowed money. Auburn has higher municipal and school taxes than most communities within a half hour drive. Logic says that most people looking for a house or a location for a business will not move to a higher tax community. Still higher taxes, logically, will make that problem even worse ... not better. Higher taxes and fewer buyers usually to not increase property values.
Governor King, the silvered socialist "Independent" ... liberal ... who couldn't have won a DEM primary, signed into law EPS that Baldacci and LePage and all others have to put up with ever since 1997. Auburn and all the communities of Maine have the 19 DEMs ... liberal ... majority in the State Senate and the 81 DEMs ... liberal ... majority in the State House in 1997 to thank for EPS ... not LePage or any in his administration. LePage arrived in 2010, almost half a generation after the ... liberal spending ... DEMs made EPS state law in the spring of 1997, when the Maine Legislature ... liberal ... DEMs majorities passed LD1137.
With the passage of LD1137, the Essential Programs and Services (EPS) committee was reconstituted and resumed its work in July 1997. LD1137, Section 10-1, stated in part:
"Beginning July, 1997 the State Board of Education shall develop for the Legislature an implementation plan for funding essential programs and services. The plan must be based on the criteria for student learning developed by the Task Force on Learning Results and established in Public Law 1995, Chapter 649 and in rules adopted by the board and the Department of Education. The plan must include establishment of a system to measure and ensure that schools are held accountable for student Learning Results."
Per your numbers, 66.6 % of voters REJECTED the school budget.
People who voted are voters. Non voters are not counted in legal elections.
Almost $20,000 for Auburn was what the Sun Journal Editorial Board published in their opinion piece on June 9.
$27,915 is what the U.S. Census data shows for Maine in 2011 dollars.
In the end ... have we all no shame ?