Teachers unions: More good work if you can get it

posted at 12:00 pm on March 4, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

Welcome to scenic and historic Buffalo, New York! It’s a great place, famous for chicken wings and an NFL team which holds a record which may never be broken. But for all its glory, like so many other cities and towns across the Empire State, Buffalo is facing big budget problems. Belts are being tightened and times are tough. Unless, that is, you happen to belong to the teachers union. If you do, you’re probably feeling pretty!

As thousands of teachers face layoffs across the country, teachers in Buffalo, New York are getting lipo? Yep. And nose jobs and whatever else they want. All on the taxpayers’ dime. How is this happening?…

The sweet deal that all the 3,400 teachers in Buffalo are eligible to get under one of their insurance plan options, they are billed nothing for any plastic surgery procedure, such as botox, liposuction, tummy tucks, and there is no deductible.

Linda Tokarz teaches second grade and says she gets regular treatments. She says, “I think its great for us. I wouldn’t want to see it taken away.”

The local news station interviews one plastic surgeon, Dr. Kulwant S. Bhangoo, who reports that three out of every ten patients he treats are public school teachers who come in for everything from face lifts to breast implants and they don’t ever open their wallets. It’s all on the taxpayer dime.

And it’s not as if the school district is just rolling in dough. The president of the board of education, Louis Petrucci, tells reporters that he’s projecting a budget deficit of $42M this year. The cost of the insurance rider to cover free plastic surgery? $5.9M per year.

Nice work if you can get it.


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It will be taken away, sugar. It cannot last,period.

bbz123 on March 4, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Next “health insurance” will be covering nail polish.

Akzed on March 4, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Lovely. Just lovely. I hope the taxpayers bring this up at every parent/teacher conference, every PTA meeting and every city council meeting.

TKindred on March 4, 2012 at 12:03 PM

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Akzed on March 4, 2012 at 12:03 PM

And who’s fault is this exactly?

If the contract negotiators allowed the teacher’s union to ask for, and receive, this ridiculous benefit, then it’s really their fault isn’t it?

I suspect this was a throw away item in negotiations which, for some inexplicable reason, passed the gauntlet of the negotiations process and now everybody is pissed off about it.

It is unfortunate that the taxpayer is getting it up the wazoo, but again, who is to blame? You elected the people who approved the contract. There is a mechanism to fix this – recall or another election to get rid of the dummies who allowed it to happen. If you don’t use it – tough – you bought it, it’s your problem, not the teachers.

And please don’t go the “well the teachers don’t have to use it” nonsense as an argument – of course they are going to use it if it is available – so would you.

Teafran on March 4, 2012 at 12:05 PM

A big thumbs up for breast implants.

rickyricardo on March 4, 2012 at 12:07 PM

I see the botoxed hand of Nancy Pelosi involved in this. Actually it’s good amunition along with the birth control requests- why not massages and mani-pedi’s as well?

BettyRuth on March 4, 2012 at 12:07 PM

I was one of the teachers in my right to work state of ND who emailed my Senator to NOT have our pensions guaranteed by the state tax payers.
I know I was a small voice amongst my fellow ‘professionals’.
Oh you should have hear them b!tch & whine about that coming up to vote.
I got all sorts of excuses as to why our pension is so much more special than the people who work for private companies.
Most of the time the word ‘sacrifice’ was used in their explanations as to why they deserve such special treatment.
It makes me angry that so many teachers are a bunch of elitist greedy a-holes.
For God’s sake I’m contracted for 182 days per year!
10 years & I make, with all my benefits, about $44,000/year!
WTF else do we need?
If I want to make more $$ I’ll go get a summer job.
For cripe’s sake these people enrage me.
And I have to work with them every damned day.

Badger40 on March 4, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Romney needs to point out that this is why non-union taxpayers are being forced to pay for union member’s health care and pensions–as well as their own: So Public Unions can spend members dues on political attacks instead of members.

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/213943-unions-spend-open-their-wallets-in-bid-to-damage-mitt-romney

mountainaires on March 4, 2012 at 12:09 PM

That second grade teacher with the frozen face who thinks she looks pretty should be the poster-girl here. She should be laughed out of the teacher’s lounge.

Marcus on March 4, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Often feel badly for New Yorkers, but then recall they send those asses to Albany year after year.Probably one of the most corrupt bodies in the country.

jeanie on March 4, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Remember when we used to laugh at Europe?

artist on March 4, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Breast implants are a “right”. How else can they use mandated contraception.

Grunt on March 4, 2012 at 12:12 PM

A big thumbs up for breast implants.

rickyricardo on March 4, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Hands on for that one!

KOOLAID2 on March 4, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Behold the next HHS mandate for ObamaCare.

After all, unless you have nose job, you might not have an opportunity to use the Federally-mandated contraceptives.

Remember the liberal mantra: There can be no freedom unless everything is free!!!

PackerBronco on March 4, 2012 at 12:13 PM

But it’s for the children. They don’y want an ugly, flat chested, wrinkled teacher.
It could scar them for life.

katy the mean old lady on March 4, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Hot for teacher….good grief, is this as good as it gets? Van Halen, call your office!

Sir Rants-A-Lot on March 4, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Nice work if you can get it.

Stupid government if you vote for it. And they did. The teachers don’t have any benefits that weren’t negotiated with the government. The taxpayers are suckers.

ProfessorMiao on March 4, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Well, that goes a long to explaining why it cost over 10k a year to keep a kid in a public school.

dirtseller on March 4, 2012 at 12:15 PM

The thing about Buffalo is there’s no private sector. The top employers are the branches of government, the school district, and SUNY-Buffalo.

Teachers unions take the public image of teachers as superhuman saints devoted to children and take it all the way to the bank.

Transpo on March 4, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Sadly I’m sure that in addition to the taxpayers of NY, there is most likely federal Dept of Ed money paying for this too.

TugboatPhil on March 4, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Stupid government if you vote for it. And they did. The teachers don’t have any benefits that weren’t negotiated with the government. The taxpayers are suckers.

ProfessorMiao on March 4, 2012 at 12:15 PM

The taxpayers don’t have a seat at the table. Union reps “negotiate” with union-bought school officials.

Thank you Scott Walker!!!

PackerBronco on March 4, 2012 at 12:19 PM

But it’s for the children. They don’y want an ugly, flat chested, wrinkled teacher.
It could scar them for life.

katy the mean old lady on March 4, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Seriously. If you’re going to sleep with the teacher, she may as well look the part.

CurtZHP on March 4, 2012 at 12:20 PM

The president of the board of education, Louis Petrucci, tells reporters that he’s projecting a budget deficit of $42M this year. The cost of the insurance rider to cover free plastic surgery? $5.9M per year.

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The way to handle this is to have the Board of Supervisors fund the school budge tot the extent that it is possible, given the deficits projected for the upcoming year. Then, if the school board cannot pay for the health insurance which offers Cadillac options such as free plastic surgery then it is the school board’s problem on how to fund it. Maybe they can sell doughnuts door-to-door. I think that the plastic surgery clause was meant for patients who suffered surgical removals like breasts or noses but the language was left vague and therefore is open to all subscribers covered by the plan.
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If the female teacher gets breast implants, does her IQ go down? Just asking…

ExpressoBold on March 4, 2012 at 12:22 PM

This article should be paired with the one entitled “Study: One third of young women would trade intelligence for bigger breasts” So, it’s true.The female contingent of the Buffalo teachers union opted for breast implants, instead.

DevilsPrinciple on March 4, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Free fake boobs and three months vacation every summer to show them off.

Tough life.

But it’s worth it ya know. Look at the product they churn out.

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fogw on March 4, 2012 at 12:31 PM

People…People! Look at the benefits the school system will reap from these surgeries. Attendance will be up and the saving in truancy officers pay should cover some of the expense.

Large Breasted Teachers (Nowadays; Gender is not specific) in every class room will have the boys and girls (equal opportunity staring)at full attention. Just imagine no more ugly/old English teachers;just tight buttocks and flat tummy’s! With the addition of stripper poles for those “gym classes” they can teach aerobics and job skills at the same time.

Always focus on the positives!

Tbone McGraw on March 4, 2012 at 12:31 PM

All I can say is that it is no accident that the government schools, which are run by government teacher unions turn out ignorance.

Working as intended.

And the lack of achievement lets them demand even more money too!

Education will never get better until achievement is rewarded with more money and failure by less money/shutting down failed schools/firing employees. Just like the real world.

wildcat72 on March 4, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Is this why there seems to a rash of teachers having sex with 14 year old boys?

There’s a reason my teachers had flappy arms and bertha butts when I was growing up. It really kept the rampant classroom sex down to a non existent level.

sheesh!

katy on March 4, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Behold the next HHS mandate for ObamaCare.

After all, unless you have nose job, you might not have an opportunity to use the Federally-mandated contraceptives.

Remember the liberal mantra: There can be no freedom unless everything is free!!!

PackerBronco on March 4, 2012 at 12:13 PM

I can see those of the National Socialist Left all over saying – hey! That’s good, let’s put it on a bumper sticker.

Chip on March 4, 2012 at 12:44 PM

wildcat72,

Agreed. I’d like to see school tax rates tied to the average GPA of graduating classes. Teachers salaries should be based on their performance. They get a free ride and my taxes keep going up every year.

fogw on March 4, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Hells Bells you Conservative penny pinchers….

do you hate women?

These gals NEED this, and BTW, they need new shoes, gas for their Escalade, and don’t forget help with that Mortgage?

How long before we see a “Mortgage Assistance Program (MAP)” geared towards the so called Middle class? WHAT politician in either party will come out against that one?

Can you imagine the Democrats on the commercials for those that oppose the new “MAP” initiative?

Sinister voice-over: Dark images of a Granny in a wheelchair being dragged out of her home…..

“Republicans oppose help for the Seniors in this country, they want to throw Grandma out of her home in hard times….stop these stingy politicians now, let’s help our Seniors stay in their homes, call Congressman _________ and tell him not to throw Seniors out of their homes.”

Have you no heart, no soul?—Grandma screams out as she’s being pulled from her front door by a smiling politician in a business suit.

God help us, this country is in a death spiral.

PappyD61 on March 4, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Peggy, you were right. We Conservatives thought you were an idiot. Turns out………we were.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bg98BvqUvCc

PappyD61 on March 4, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Akzed
I think it will be sex changes they will push next,
For protecting freaks rights!!!!!

angrymike on March 4, 2012 at 12:56 PM

let’s not also forget that the teachers’ union in Wisconsin had just filed a lawsuit against the state demanding they get free Viagra if I recall– I think they wisely dropped this when Walker got elected and decided to neuter them. I guess someone realized it was poor form to be suing for free Viagra while whining about losing your God-given rights out of the other side of your mouth

thurman on March 4, 2012 at 12:57 PM

How dare you mysoginistic monsters deny a woman’s right to look & feel better…

mjbrooks3 on March 4, 2012 at 12:58 PM

This is not a Fluke.

Shivas Irons on March 4, 2012 at 1:05 PM

The taxpayers don’t have a seat at the table. Union reps “negotiate” with union-bought school officials.

Thank you Scott Walker!!!

PackerBronco on March 4, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Many of our school board members were retired teachers so yes you hit the nail on the head. They sit on both sides of the table if we let them.

wi farmgirl on March 4, 2012 at 1:16 PM

I Loved the Union boss comment about coming to the table. Isn’t NY the state with the ridiculous rule that holds ALL provisions of the previous contract binding until a new one is passed? So if there is a clause about a 4% annual increase, they keep getting it until a new contract is signed.

In effect, there is NO way to ever lower your cost since the union can just walk away from any offer that doesn’t exceed the previous contract and keep the old contract forever.

OBQuiet on March 4, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Look, if you are a thirty four year old teacher competing with fourteen year old girls for the affections of fourteen year old boys you have to stay young looking. Breast implants, tummy tuck and butt boost are critical to capturing the attention of the Ninetendo playing adolescent boy so lay off these poor, teen sex deprived teachers.

Smedley on March 4, 2012 at 1:25 PM

At least the drop out rates will be reduced when all the female teachers have breast implants and other upgrades.
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WhatNot on March 4, 2012 at 1:28 PM

I’ve been to Buffalo, New York.

Trust me.

It shouldn’t be limited just to the teachers. Pretty much all of the women in that town should get free plastic surgery.

*yeesh*

FlatFoot on March 4, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Just outrageous.

WisCon on March 4, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Hot for medically enhanced teacher? Another unfair burden male students in their district must bare…

ray on March 4, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Beauty is fleeting. Stop sucking the taxpayers dry with this type of crap and accept the inevitable; people get old. Accept age with grace and people will accept you beyond the skin you wear. Nothing uglier than a 60 year old woman trying to be 40 where her face cracks whenever she attempts to smile.

jbh45 on March 4, 2012 at 1:43 PM

The Impact of Low Literacy In Buffalo, NY

• 30% of adults in the City of Buffalo – 65,000 people – read at or below a 5th grade level.

• 43% of children entering Kindergarten do not meet minimum benchmarks for language and literacy skills.

• 72% of 4th graders are not passing the New York State English Language Arts (ELA) learning standards for grade level competency.

• 39% of children entering 9th grade drop out of school before graduating.

Roy Rogers on March 4, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Sad thing is I think its more the union membership rather than the leadership that is responsible. It was put in awhile ago when plastic surgery was not popular. It was put in mainly for union members who got scarred in accidents. Then they were going to do away with it when a member’s kids was hurt badly in a traffic accident so it was kept due to membership outcry.

Zaggs on March 4, 2012 at 1:49 PM

You only hate fake boobs and botox if you’re an old, white GOP voter. Time to get with the program. If cosmetic surgery is good for stretch-Pelosi then it’s gotta be good for all women (and all Catholics too!)

HoosierStateofMind on March 4, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Teachers salaries should be based on their performance. They get a free ride and my taxes keep going up every year.

fogw on March 4, 2012 at 12:50 PM

I’d be the 1st to agree with you if that were the only factor in a child’s learning.
But it isn’t.
I am constantly challenging my students & the failure rate on my tests can often be high.
IDK what is happening in elementary school, but when I get many of these kids, they can;t read & understand a paragraph to save their own lives.
Here’s a simple question I asked my 9th graders a month ago.
Explain how you would make a solution of 25% apple juice.
Only about 1/3 of the kids in that class could do it.
I had a 3/4 success rate with my other freshmen class & I suspect that this is mostly due to the administration being competent, which holds them accountable for their behavior.
This problem is getting worse from what I see.
And it has a whole lot to do with parenting more than anything else.
If my salary starts to depend upon the efforts of a teenager who can barely think for themselves bcs of bad parenting and lousy community standards, then I will quit & do something else.
Another problem is when you have an administrator who is dumb as a rock & lazy as hell.
Those guys are responsible for evaluating ME?
I want to know why my screwl board in the one town I teach in doesn’t give damn about what is going on in their screwl, but in the other town I teach in, they are more involved & their kids are more competent.
I went 4 years without being evaluated bcs the principal is LAZY & incompetent.
There is a lot that needs to be done in education.
And it’s more than just b!tching about the teachers.

Badger40 on March 4, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Yeah you laugh now, but when male test scores go up 20 percentile points in NY you are all going to have egg on your face.

jhffmn on March 4, 2012 at 1:57 PM

I’ll posit this:
Why must education be free at all?
Why doesn’t the community, like long ago, pay for it themselves?

Badger40 on March 4, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Teachers salaries should be based on their performance. They get a free ride and my taxes keep going up every year.

fogw on March 4, 2012 at 12:50 PM

I’m sympathetic, but would you want your salary and job security based on the actions of a 16-year old kid, who is more likely to blow off studying for your well-crafted exam so he can play video games?

PackerBronco on March 4, 2012 at 2:09 PM

And think of this:
What do you think of test ‘data’ from screwls where an entire concept being tested on is judged by one, maybe up to 5 multiple choice questions each?
You really think that’s testing what a kid has learned?
I think all of this ‘data’ coming out of public screwls is a damned JOKE.
Making a public education ‘free’ on the back of the taxpayers has done nothing for this nation but dumb down what education should be all about.
Look at the poor kids in 3rd world nations who value their education.
We’ve got a nation of spoiled brats.
We’ve got adults who expect miracles when they refuse to hold their kids accountable for anything.

I do not find teaching hard.
What I find difficult is parenting other people’s children.
That’s what I seem to do for half of the 50 minutes a day I have these kids: parent them.
They should be coming to screwl ready to learn.
They shouldn’t be coming there for a free meal & free daycare.
And I know some of you here will bleed hearts & whine how that might be the only adults that ever care about those children in their lives.
To which I say: why do feel it’s the government’s job to be raising other people’s children?
Isn’t that for charities, relatives, & the community in general?
Keep the Feds out of all of this nonsense.

Badger40 on March 4, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Badger40 on March 4, 2012 at 1:57 PM

I volunteer teach and I agree with everything you wrote. I gave an algebra final exam last year and told the kids they could bring a page of notes (double-sided).

I thought I was being overly-generous and most of the kids did have nicely-written notes. One kid came in with nothing. I asked him why he didn’t bother writing any notes. “Didn’t have time” he mumbled in a very bored tone.

I was very happy to give that kid an ‘F but I sure wouldn’t like that ‘F to count against me.

The only solution IMHO is true school choice. Let the parents choose the school and the teachers and create a market in which true excellence is rewarded by those who are in the position to really care.

PackerBronco on March 4, 2012 at 2:16 PM

PackerBronco on March 4, 2012 at 2:16 PM

In many of my classes, I often have open book tests.
But all of the questions are essay, short answer & heavy critical thinking questions.
In my upper level classes, like Ecology, Geology & Physics & Chemistry, when it’s not open book, I allow them the use of a prepared study guide, one piece of paper, front & back.
In my ecology class I had two of the four kids taking it bring in NOTHING.
And that was their excuse: I didn’t have time.
I really cannot stand that kind of laziness.

Badger40 on March 4, 2012 at 2:18 PM

God help us, this country is in a death spiral.

PappyD61 on March 4, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Yep…

Romans 1 = us.

pannw on March 4, 2012 at 2:18 PM

In fact, the school I teach at in the AM wanted to hire me full time, but the pay difference from the one my contract is through now was $5000/yr less.
They had 2 other applicants.
And they were scary.
But according to the state law, I can’t be paid off of the district scale unless there are no ‘highly’ qualified applicants.
And technically they were.

I feel I am a valuable, very competent teacher.
I’m not saying I’m super teacher. But I am confident I am a good teacher.
And I do resent the fact that the extremely lazy $hitty teachers at both of these schools I teach in get the same pay I do, even though I have a 1/2 a prep period, the other 1/2 being a travel period to drive 24 miles to the other school.
Oh I get paid mileage.
But whoopee.
I took this split to teach in 2 schools bcs I was going insane at the other one.
It’s absolute chaos over there & I despise the admins.
I find it hard to go there & look at those guys pulling off big salaries for doing ZIP.

Badger40 on March 4, 2012 at 2:24 PM

jhffmn on March 4, 2012 at 1:57 PM

How we gonna know that their really males?? You want that job?

rik on March 4, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Linda Tokarz teaches second grade and says she gets regular treatments. She says, “I think its great for us. I wouldn’t want to see it taken away.”

Scum! The fact that she can’t even conceive of why this is wrong should completely and utterly disqualify her from being a schoolteacher.

Sharke on March 4, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Sharke on March 4, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Au contraire!! this qualifies her!!

rik on March 4, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Marines starting to look ridiculous

VorDaj on March 4, 2012 at 2:59 PM

This is not a Fluke.

Shivas Irons on March 4, 2012 at 1:05 PM

The survey, which was sent to The Huffington Post, also found that 41 percent of women would rather have bigger breasts than a high IQ, and 24 percent of those who preferred bigger breasts said it was because it would make them “feel happier.”

I sense a trend.

Fallon on March 4, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Fallon on March 4, 2012 at 3:15 PM

The trend is the same as always It’s white man’s fault. Always has been, always will be.

rik on March 4, 2012 at 3:45 PM

A woman goes to a plastic surgeon to have breast implants.

Post-operatively, the surgeon tells her “There’s good news and bad news.”

“The bad news is that there was an error during surgery, and by accident we put the implants on your back.”

“The good news is that now everyone’s going to want to dance with you.”

[...thanks a lot folks. I'll be here all week. Don't forget to tip your waitress...]

bofh on March 4, 2012 at 4:45 PM

This crap just makes my head want to explode.

Midas on March 4, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Liberal headline for this story – “Teacher Union Health Care Plan Focuses on Trimming Unnecessary Fat”

jfox21 on March 4, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Marines starting to look ridiculous

VorDaj on March 4, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Don’t worry, this and other retrograde social trends (such as demographic suicide) will all be reversed after a series of civil wars, lost external wars, collapse, little ice age, dark age, and near-complete destruction of our language and culture.

theCork on March 4, 2012 at 6:28 PM

The Impact of Low Literacy In Buffalo, NY

• 30% of adults in the City of Buffalo – 65,000 people – read at or below a 5th grade level.

• 43% of children entering Kindergarten do not meet minimum benchmarks for language and literacy skills.

• 72% of 4th graders are not passing the New York State English Language Arts (ELA) learning standards for grade level competency.

• 39% of children entering 9th grade drop out of school before graduating.

Roy Rogers on March 4, 2012 at 1:48 PM

This part sticks out the most:

• 43% of children entering Kindergarten do not meet minimum benchmarks for language and literacy skills.

That would mean that the teachers have nothing to do with that-it’s the friggin’ parents! (or auntie, or big sister, or step-daddy, or G-ma or whomever actually houses them).

And that number probably does much to explain the other numbers.

I think what is lost on a lot of people that fawn over Looking For Superman is that that one mother in particular gave a damn about what was best for her child. Most don’t seem to be that way. Also, you could turn all the schools into charter, private, magnet, or parochial concerns and you’ll have the same numbers and problems as now.

The only way around it is to each year dis-enroll the bottom 5-10% from each grade who have no desire to work or learn, and whose parents can’t be bothered. We can’t afford to waste resources on them anymore if they won’t cooperate.

Teacher accountability is important, but so are student and parent accountability. Just focusing on the teacher will only produce so much in the way of results before hitting a plateau. It is disingenuous to preach self-reliance and at the same time blame others for you and your family’s shortcomings. On the other hand, no one should paid for failing to discharge their duties as they were hired to do. These unions are not infinitely powerful.

As for the plastic surgery stuff, they (district) should renegotiate that and get rid of it (barring disease, injury, cancer), or offer a special insurance that the employee herself pays for for such services. The union leadership will fight it, but the rank and file wouldn’t support it, as I’m guessing most of them think it’s a pretty stupid benefit and not worth fighting over.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 4, 2012 at 6:47 PM

I’m pretty sure this came up a few months ago, or longer. If I remember correctly, New York had passed some CBA law that allows continuance under current contracts indefinitely, until the signing party wishes to renegotiate. I don’t remember the details, there might have been an article on HA.

John Kettlewell on March 4, 2012 at 6:57 PM

This is my neck of the woods. *hangs head in shame* Not my school district but as a property owner I see my school taxes go up every year. They recently passed a law to hold tax increases to 3%. Before that happened the district next door to mine increased school taxes 14% and no I didn’t forget the decimal. On top of that county taxes are nearly doubled. People where I live often nearly lose their homes to taxes. Some actually lose them. And yet we counldn’t manage a decent Republican nominee for Govenor and instead got our second Cuomo. We have a lot of people who live in NYC and don’t pay property taxes they don’t care and they vote Democrat. And upstate NY is rural and not wealthy like the areas surrounding NYC. Its out of control and no one looks out for the tax payers.

magicbeans on March 4, 2012 at 9:21 PM

With the exception of correcting birth defects, and repairing traumatic damage I have never seen anyone who looked better after plastic surgery than they did before.

Slowburn on March 5, 2012 at 3:23 AM

Does it cover burials? That’s what they will need once folks get a load of this crap.

rjulio on March 5, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Even my wife, who is a public school teacher, has lost patience with this stuff. The Chicago Tribune recently had a headline that the Chicago Teachers Union was asking for a 30% raise. When she saw it and started yelling I thought I was in big trouble.

Fafhrd on March 5, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Buffalo calling Scott Walker!!

Harry S on March 5, 2012 at 12:56 PM