EduJobs bill spends millions in states that don’t need it

posted at 11:36 am on August 11, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Yesterday, Congress passed its $26 billion bailout for states that still haven’t taken steps to fix their entrenched budget problems.  Everyone understands that this is nothing more than a shell game designed by Congress to allow states to shift funds to less-popular parts of their bureaucracies while claiming to save the jobs of teachers (and first responders, in the original Porkulus bill).  States simply redirect some of their existing funding of teachers and let Congress take credit for rescuing educators.

However, Chris Moody at the Daily Caller reports a problem in the magic act.  Some states that acted responsibly have no use for the tens of millions of dollars Congress earmarked for them:

With the passage of a $26 billion aid package Tuesday to help states pay for Medicaid and teacher salaries, most state budgets will get some help in paying for education programs, but states not facing massive teacher layoffs and cutbacks are also set to receive millions in federal money.

The federal government estimates that the bill will save 161,000 teaching jobs, but North Dakota, Tennessee, Arkansas, Alaska and a handful of other states have kept their educational pay rolls full despite the recession, which has drastically lowered government revenues around the country. Since the new bill provides funds based on state population and the number of children in school, these states will receive funds even if their budgets are in the black. This has some employees at state education departments wondering exactly how they will spend all the fresh cash.

Arkansas, for example, has a fully funded teaching staff for the coming year, but the state will still receive up to $91 million for teaching jobs. …

In Alaska for instance, school districts made hiring decisions for teachers last May, and apportioned the children in each class based upon those numbers. Although the teaching jobs are filled, the state will still receive $24 million under the bill, and a state official asserted that it probably would not go to adding new teachers.

The Department of Education helpfully suggests that the funds could go to other jobs.  For instance, schools with enough teachers could hire “on-campus therapists” to soak up the cash.  Isn’t it great that we borrowed tons of cash on top of the massive deficits we already have to save or create jobs for on-campus therapists?

Maybe Congress could use a couple of on-campus therapists … or tutoring in math.  “You see, Nancy, when you subtract more than the total, you end up with nothing.”

The real solution is to get states to act responsibly on their own.  The citizens of Arkansas, Alaska, Tennessee, and North Dakota have elected responsible public officials who have budgeted wisely.  They now have to subsidize irresponsible governments in other states, where they have no vote and no say in how their money will get used.  Rather than keeping the subsidies rolling and incentivizing irresponsibility, Congress needs to cut off the gravy train and force these states to do what they will have to do eventually anyway — budget their money properly and make decisions on the cost and functionality of their government.


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Just shut up and pay higher taxes, you racist wingnuts. The “adults” are in charge, even though they are apparently incapable of performing basic arithmetic.

/Obama voters

Good Lt on August 11, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Nancy can add, she just doesn’t think she has to pay.

Mr. Joe on August 11, 2010 at 11:40 AM

And she is right, we will pay for this.

Mr. Joe on August 11, 2010 at 11:41 AM

When will it ever end?

sandee on August 11, 2010 at 11:42 AM

“Why am I being charged with treason? What have I done? What’s that noose for?”

SirGawain on August 11, 2010 at 11:42 AM

You’d think that in a bad economy the cost of buying votes would go down, but no.

RBMN on August 11, 2010 at 11:44 AM

And she is right, we will pay for this.

Mr. Joe on August 11, 2010 at 11:41 AM

What IF a huge percentage of us said screw it we won’t pay.
You are governing against the will of the people running up bills we didn’t agree to and giving money to your favored groups and we decide to pull a Tim Geithner, Charlie Rangel and not pay .
Esentially EF U
What then?

dhunter on August 11, 2010 at 11:46 AM

budget their money properly and make decisions on the cost and functionality of their government.

That is just crazy talk. Lay off the sauce Ed, it isn’t even noon yet.

sammypants on August 11, 2010 at 11:46 AM

You’d think that in a bad economy the cost of buying votes would go down, but no.

RBMN on August 11, 2010 at 11:44 AM

It’s a buyer’s market.

OldEnglish on August 11, 2010 at 11:47 AM

OMG…….

Breaking News: HUD To Offer Interest-Free Loans To Distressed Homeowners

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 08/11/2010 10:34 -0500

So who were all those saying this is an insane plan?

BN 8:30 *HUD WILL OFFER INTEREST-FREE LOANS TO DISTRESSED HOMEOWNERS
BN 8:30 *HUD ANNOUNCES HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS IN PRESS RELEASE TODAY

http://www.zerohedge.com/article/breaking-news-hud-offer-interest-free-loans-distressed-homeowners

It’s all about the upcoming elections – just like this crazy ‘education’ bill. The Dems are buying votes with our money.

Cody1991 on August 11, 2010 at 11:48 AM

“You see, Nancy, when you subtract more than the total, you end up with nothing.”

Ed, she lives and breathes the rarefied air near Berkeley and USF. All the calculators out there add up to either “unicorns” or “pots of gold” …sometimes they turn up rainbows too…. hmmph.

ted c on August 11, 2010 at 11:49 AM

This was never about education, or saving teacher’s jobs. It’s about payback. Pay offs to party loyalists.

The most transparent, corrupt, in your face Federal Government in the history of the United States.

Skandia Recluse on August 11, 2010 at 11:50 AM

So they finally named the bill ‘Edujobs’? It was no-named before Tuesday.

I had it nicknamed BOHICA eleventy11!11.

GnuBreed on August 11, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Greece is the word. We’ll be selling Hawaiian islands to China to pay back our loans to then before 2015.

VastRightWingConspirator on August 11, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Congress needs to cut off the gravy train…

Talk about running things into the ditch!

Gang-of-One on August 11, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Ed Spendell will be happy. Every single line item in the state budget is getting cut except for education. Now he can probably keep his 3.5% kickback to the teachers’ union.

forest on August 11, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Hey, this is so the unions have lots of money to try and elect donks …

tarpon on August 11, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Greece is the word. We’ll be selling Hawaiian islands to China to pay back our loans to then before 2015.

VastRightWingConspirator on August 11, 2010 at 11:50 AM

As long as BO and MO are on one of them it’s a fine idea! Now, what do we do with the rest of the crazies?

Cody1991 on August 11, 2010 at 11:53 AM

The real solution is to get states to act responsibly on their own.

More states would, if they didn’t have to teach Mexico’s children, as well as their own.

Rebar on August 11, 2010 at 11:53 AM

The head line on Drudge right now is that the food stamp program was cut to help pay for this payoff/kickback to the teachers unions

oldernwiser on August 11, 2010 at 11:53 AM

And, when this batch of “rescue” dollars runs out???

Reward failure.

Punish success.

Later, rinse, repeat.

Welcome to the Hopenchange Machine.

Bruce MacMahon on August 11, 2010 at 11:53 AM

If someone mentioned this already, I’m sorry.

Beck mentioned on his show that if states take this money, there is a catch in the bill/law that says states can’t cut their budgets (i.e. fire teachers), but they can increase their budgets.

Another game of kick-the-can, Congress?

VibrioCocci on August 11, 2010 at 11:56 AM

If there’s a hole in your boat, you need to get it out of the water and patch the hole. Pelosi/Reid/Obama’s strategy is to upgrade to a bigger plastic cup to bail out the water, so as to delay the sinking of the boat until after November 2nd.

Bruce MacMahon on August 11, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Last year, states got stimulus funds to “save” jobs. This year they get funds to “save” jobs.

What happens next year and the year after that?

This just helps the states keep spending and avoiding the cuts they need to make.

SouthernRoots on August 11, 2010 at 11:58 AM

But they raided food stamps to pay for the teachers bailout

ConservativePartyNow on August 11, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Oh, those youngsters look so happy! I’d like to see their faces after someone tells them how they’ll be paying for this…and how much it will cost them.

atlgal on August 11, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Pelosi looks like she is preparing to eat all of the children standing around her.

VibrioCocci on August 11, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Nanzi can’t add or read. Hence, reading a bill after passage to find out what’s in it. If some states don’t need the DC funny money, what are they going to do with it? It’s an empty bag anyway.

Kissmygrits on August 11, 2010 at 12:00 PM

The head line on Drudge right now is that the food stamp program was cut to help pay for this payoff/kickback to the teachers unions

oldernwiser on August 11, 2010 at 11:53 AM

I come from a heavily agricultural state. The irony of this is that even though the cuts are nominally to agricultural subsidies, the farmers won’t care because food stamp benefits go mostly to urban centers.

Buy votes much?

gryphon202 on August 11, 2010 at 12:03 PM

RENT-SEEKERS

Inanemergencydial on August 11, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Beck mentioned on his show that if states take this money, there is a catch in the bill/law that says states can’t cut their budgets (i.e. fire teachers), but they can increase their budgets.

VibrioCocci on August 11, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Yep, in states that accept this year’s money it’s a teachers’ union bailout not just for this year, but also for future years until that law is repealed.

The radicals are doing everything they can to cast their redistributions in concrete.

petefrt on August 11, 2010 at 12:06 PM

With any luck, Nancy and Company won’t be holding the purse strings next year.

GarandFan on August 11, 2010 at 12:07 PM

This makes me sick to my stomach.

And on behalf of the minority of fiscally- responsible Californians who would rather see this state declare bankruptcy and start over than take money from the responsible states, I apologize.

LASue on August 11, 2010 at 12:08 PM

But…but. this cannot be!

Wasn’t that public brouhaha between the WH & their former BFF’s on the statist-leftist ‘fringe’ supposed to convince voters that the fiscally responsible, moderate & centrist Dems in elective office are on the outs with their far left fringe precisely for NOT implementing far-leftist policies of economy-killing wealth redistribution just like this?

Don’t believe your lying eyes, America. Just trust Gibbs that the mirage of a Dem divorce from their loony left is real & vote for us ‘centrist, moderate’ dems again this Nov.

leilani on August 11, 2010 at 12:08 PM

I’m sure the states that need the money will take the money from the states that don’t. OR would love it.
They don’t care what stipulations come with the cash, they are whores and they owe the unions.

ORconservative on August 11, 2010 at 12:09 PM

Classic ant and grasshopper story. Only now the grasshopper has a political party, a bunch of “worthy” needs in his state government and a feeding line running directly to the ultimate Lord of Largesse who has a printing press.

Pssst….don’t tell anyone how much an industrious blue collar worker has been ripped off by big brother for generations in this country.

IlikedAUH2O on August 11, 2010 at 12:09 PM

Ah… if we could just post an average teachers salary, compared to a food stamp recipient – I am sure it will be clear to those “die hard Dems” who love the poor…

And this will be used as an attack towards Christie in the near future. He is the only Gov with the guts to publically and specifically all out and challange the Teachers Union graft, theft and greed. I am willing to bet NJ was in a deeper red tape before he “ghast!” forced them to take a 3% “raise cut”… and the union are licking their chops to get the millions from the Feds, to continue their piss poor are greed-fueled management.

PS – Average NJ retired teachers pension fund… $875,000…

Odie1941 on August 11, 2010 at 12:13 PM

This has some employees at state education departments wondering exactly how they will spend all the fresh cash.

This alone should be criminal.

Johnnyreb on August 11, 2010 at 12:14 PM

They probably could stand to lay off a teacher and first responder or two where I live (MA). Big deal. Lay off 1 teacher per grade, and divide up the students, boo – hoo.

I’m sick of job/benefits for life workers who always ask for more, more, more – no matter what the economy is like. That includes 1st responders.

Go ahead, lay them off, I’ll call their bluff.

Maybe then they’ll stop supporting the clowns who cause all the budget problems in the first place. These poor, poor teachers and first responders (at least the union) is in on the scam. The play the victim part in the little play, knowing full well they won’t lose their jobs and the taxpayers will get stuck.

reaganaut on August 11, 2010 at 12:14 PM

This was not a “State aid bill”. It was an out-and-out government union worker vote buying bill.

If my two senators, Webb and Warner (Dumb and Dumber) believe they should get kudos for this, they’ve got another thing coming in 2012 and 2014, respectively.

REMEMBER in NOVEMBER; and throw the bums out!!!

Bob in VA on August 11, 2010 at 12:17 PM

Edsel Jobs?

Chip on August 11, 2010 at 12:22 PM

People are sensible, I think. Most people aren’t into ideology.

They are practical. The problem we face is thinking that meta-solutions work. We’re notably nervous about returning power locally, since that leads to incredible problems with immature thinking.

Hence, the yin-yang here.

AnninCA on August 11, 2010 at 12:24 PM

In local areas, the squeaky wheels have too much power. They are often nuttier than the government.

That makes us all nervous!

AnninCA on August 11, 2010 at 12:25 PM

This was not a “State aid bill”. It was an out-and-out government union worker vote buying bill.

I think it’s a state aid bill. CA is a huge example. The problems facing that state are honestly national in scope.

It’s the 8th largest entity in the world in terms of economy.

That’s the rub.

AnninCA on August 11, 2010 at 12:27 PM

why am I not surprised…

cripe!

cmsinaz on August 11, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Since the new bill provides funds based on state population and the number of children in school, these states will receive funds even if their budgets are in the black. This has some employees at state education departments wondering exactly how they will spend all the fresh cash.

State Tax Refund? Brilliant!

EliTheBean on August 11, 2010 at 12:38 PM

I urge every one to find out what REALLY happened to the money in their state.
Here in Alabama , almost half of the ” save the teacher’s union retirement fund” , is going to MEDICARE !!!!
The AP story breaks it down Alabama gets 282 million, 133 million goes to Medicaid

One County announces it will continue with teacher lay offs , Despite getting 5.5 million from Pelosi
The man in the video denouncing the lay offs is Paul Hubbert , head of the TEACHER”S union ( AEA ) in Alabama.
Hubbert resigned as Vice Chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party after proof surfaced he was behind a FAKE PAC.
True Republican Pac was a PAC Hubbert used to run attack ads agains Republican candidate for Governor Bradley Byrne . Byrne reformed the junior colleges system in Alabama ,and Hubbert ran false ads linking Byrne to HILLARY Clinton .
This latest spending helps repay the DOC FIX , and shows Obama’s plan is to keep telling lies and borrow from Peter to pay Paul ….

ELMO Q on August 11, 2010 at 12:38 PM

So what the hell is the point of being fiscally responsible, as a state or as an individual?

Democrats will just grab what you saved and give it to some irresponsible jackass, who’s more needy.

I think about this when I see people who make less than I do, driving around in $40,000 cars.

I’m saving for retirement, but I fully expect to get taxed to death on my savings in order to “take care of people who don’t have enough” in retirement.

Yes, because they lived beyond their means for their working years.

NoDonkey on August 11, 2010 at 12:38 PM

What IF a huge percentage of us said screw it we won’t pay.
You are governing against the will of the people running up bills we didn’t agree to and giving money to your favored groups and we decide to pull a Tim Geithner, Charlie Rangel and not pay .
Esentially EF U
What then?

[dhunter on August 11, 2010 at 11:46 AM]

I’ve been thinking about that. Of course, we need to maintain our reputation with creditors so we do need to honor our debts. However, there is a point of no return and creditors eventually will take a bath either through default or inflation if constantly mounting debt is not stopped.

There is a way to warn them, I think. It would be a notice, recognizing the theme of the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence that when,

“… when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

… and, as such, submit to a candid world that a declaration that debt over some amount, say $14T, issued by the despots in Washington, will not be honored by the undersigned electorate.

There would need to be more definition on it would be handled among the several different types and maturity dates as well as, if possible, how the difference between roll over and new be might be handled. That might be as simple as based the increase in holdings by an entity with no new entities losing everything. This would provide a guarantee to old and reliable creditors so long as they abide the notice, but new entities would lose everything.

Obviously the system is much more complicated than I suggest and I’m sure there are other ways in which the declaration may not work unless further clarified, but the point is to shut down the process by which the despots in Washington are driving the people to economically ruinous debt obligations.

Stopping growing debt is the first step to being able to pay it down.

Dusty on August 11, 2010 at 12:45 PM

Folks, all this is, -is money for democratics running in November. Government money, our money, is going to teachers and the fatcat unions take a cut of that. From that cut they send a sizable portion to democratic candidates. More income allows them to budget more for political contributions.

slickwillie2001 on August 11, 2010 at 1:14 PM

If there’s a hole in your boat, you need to get it out of the water and patch the hole. Pelosi/Reid/Obama’s strategy is to upgrade to a bigger plastic cup to bail out the water, so as to delay the sinking of the boat until after November 2nd.

Bruce MacMahon on August 11, 2010 at 11:57 AM

The policies of these socialist is more like drillin more holes in the boat to let the water out!

Hey Cousin Eddie, (Obama) quit blowin holes in the bottom of the boat your lettin water in not OUT!

dhunter on August 11, 2010 at 1:19 PM

THe Feds need to give them all money, how else can they keep their BOOT on the states NECK.

New Patriot on August 11, 2010 at 1:24 PM

That’s the problem with government budgeting, you’re PENALIZED for thrift.

Thus, the phenomenon of end-of-fiscal-year spending sprees.

ebrown2 on August 11, 2010 at 2:05 PM

States simply redirect some of their existing funding of teachers and let Congress take credit for rescuing educators.

Ed, you missed that this isn’t entirely true. There’s wording in there that singles Texas out, and can’t do this. If Texas takes the money, we have to keep the already allocated state money the same, and add the federal money to it.

bikermailman on August 11, 2010 at 2:15 PM

This is a great argument for repeal of the 17th Amendment and the selection of Senators by the state governments.

njcommuter on August 11, 2010 at 2:42 PM

The question we all need to ask at our upcoming Town Hall Meetings is:

Why are Tax Payers in 49 states being forced to send money to California to educate the children of ILLEGAL immigrants?

Any Senator or Comgressperson who voted in favor of this bill needs to be VOTED OUT OF OFFICE!

wren on August 11, 2010 at 4:27 PM

I get so sick of reading about “federal funds” as if the federal government has some kind of magic bank account that they can dip into in order to give money to the states. I wish they would just be honest and admit that the tax-payers are paying for this one way or another.(or we are “borrowing it from China)

Whether it be in federal taxes (so the feds can “give” us money), or state taxes, in the end WE are still the ones getting bent over the barrel.

America’s decline has be assured by those who are willing to sacrifice the entire country to maintain their positions of power and prestige. Damn them all straight to hell be they R’s or D’s or I’s!

P.S. I hear Spain is nice this time of year!

Fatal on August 11, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Shouldn’t there be a law that all bills have to state where the money is coming from? I’d love to know which country had to loan us the money for this fiasco and what the percentage of interest is. Is there some website which has this info?

Mae on August 12, 2010 at 5:44 AM