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Gov to close the beaches? Don't fall for it

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It's one of the oldest tricks in the book.

When liberals want to raise taxes, they'll pose the threat, "If you don't raise taxes, then we're going to close down our schools!"

When people wise up and realize that education funding has never been higher (and results never lower), politicians need to resort to "threat B".

Threat B is, "If you don't raise taxes, we're going to close our parks, beaches and campsites!"

The goal is to have people go to a closed down campsite and say, "Wow, these budget problems are serious. Maybe we should raise taxes."

In reality, the governor's plan to close parks will shave 0.2% from the $9 billion deficit. And about .02% from the overall budget.

Closing down our beaches won't save the state from fiscal crisis .It's just a threat. Don't buy it.

We laid it out at 6:15:

http://media.worldnow.com/kfmbam/podcast/the_mike_slater_show_6424.mp3

So where should we cut government spending? Cal State is a good place to start.

"But Slater, Cal State had to raise tuition $500 because they're so broke!"

Have you ever wondered WHY they're so broke?

From Professor Ralph Westfall, Cal Poly Pomona,

"...based on data in the California State University Statistical Abstract, the number of full-time faculty in the whole CSU system rose from 11,614 to 12,019 between 1975 and 2008, an increase of only 3.5 percent.  In the same time period the total number of administrators rose 221 percent, from 3,800 to 12,183.  In 1975, there were three full time faculty members per administrator, but now there are actually slightly more administrators than full-time faculty...

I currently teach at Cal Poly in Pomona, where the trends for the whole system also are visible.  In 1984 we had 90 "Management Personnel Plan" employees, but in 2010 there were 132.  Based on data provided by the chief financial officer, the total compensation of those employees, including fringe benefits, was $20.6 million in 2010.

To put this total into perspective, if the administrators were reduced by 42 to return to the same level as in 1984, the university could hire over 50 full-time faculty (who are typically paid less than administrators).  These additional faculty could teach over 300 additional classes per year, which would make it easier for students to graduate in a more timely fashion.  The additional instructors would also make it unnecessary to eliminate academic programs as is currently being proposed.

Another way of looking at this administrative growth is to frame it in the context of tuition.  Reducing the administrators to 1984 levels would make it possible to reduce tuition and fees for our enrollment of over 17,000 by almost $400 per year per student."


 

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