Capital Journal editorial calls out inclusion of bad policy

“Legislators now are on an extended break that precedes their return to the Capitol for the regular wrap-up session. But they should take no pride in the work they did over the weekend, regardless of what anyone thinks of the final product.
Some of the measures included in the school finance bill, and some that didn’t make the final cut, should have been introduced in their own right earlier in the session when they would have subjected to debate at the committee level by the proper body and, perhaps, debated on the House and Senate floors. As is was, they were tossed into the hopper during negotiations on the finance issue during the final days before the Legislature’s annual spring break.
That is no way to draft good legislation.”

Unfortunately, there are some legislators who are quite happy with how that all happened. They accomplished what they wanted, even though they knew those bills wouldn’t pass on their own. They put legislators in a pressure cooker and threatened them with primaries, removal of committee chairmanships and withdrawal of support for other bills. And we saw the votes go from 91 in support of a bipartisan House Bill earlier in the week to only 57 voting against the bill with that eliminated teacher due process and added corporate tax credit “scholarships”, while still cutting funding for at-risk students. We can expect more of the same next session unless we ensure some changes are made in August and November.

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