I have come to expect tax hikers to tell half-truths. We hear them from income/sales tax hike cheerleader Ralph Martire all the time.
He continually emphasizes that Illinois ranks 49th in educational spending, although sometimes he hints there may be more money from local sources.
That is a half-truth. Illinois may rank 49th or 48th in state aid to education, but, to be honest, one must consider state and LOCAL financial assistance to our public schools and tell what that ranking is. Anything less is deliberate deception…propaganda of the worst kind.
I put this more bluntly last year on Jeff Trigg’s blog:
The "big lie" technique was used at least three times today. Illinois is 49th in school funding, a lie, if one is trying to characterize how well Illinois schools are funded with tax money, compared to other states.After combining educational funding financed by both state and local tax dollars, the Illinois ranking is usually put in the twenties. About half the states are higher and half lower. According to the American Legislative Exchange Council,Illinois has been in that position since the 1970's. I think the NEA Table H-8 to the left confirms ALEC's findings. The largest teachers' union's statisticians say Illinois ranks 21st in per captal expenditurs for K-12.
We may or may not be 49th in the STATE share, but we most certainly are not 49th when state and local taxes are combined.
But, maybe Illinois ranks even higher.
In "current expenditures...per student," the National Education Association found us to rank 10th in 2003-2004, if I read Table 5 in last year's report and the more recent Table H-16 to the right correctly. Last year's report ranked Illinois the highest midwestern state, with Wisconsin ranking 13th and Minnesota coming in at 18th.
(I researched this at many sources last year. You can find those notes here.)
Here’s how Meeks is quoted in the Chicago Tribune today:
My concerns are not allayed by [the new budget] because even with the money in this budget, for education we still rank 49th out of 50.”Perhaps truth takes a hit when a minister goes into politics.
Or, maybe, he said more, but the Tribune did not have space for a qualification of that half-truth.
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