Get Educated About Education
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Education Funding

What to Know: The Wall Street Journal says many Republican governors are looking to focus more on increasing education spending, and less on finding efficiencies.

“Several GOP governors running for re-election are looking to make a similar pivot, after a wave of teacher protests rocked state capitals this spring, highlighting the issue of school funding,” the newspaper explains. “Though Republicans for years found popularity with pledges to run schools more efficiently with less money, they are now learning that the tax cuts and smaller budgets of the last decade are resonating less with voters. In a June Marquette University poll of Wisconsin voters, 59% said they would rather increase school funding than cut taxes.”


The TPPF Take: It’s not how much we spend, it’s how we spend it that counts in educational attainment. And where is the extra money going to come from?

“Officials all across the country say they want to put more funding into education,” says TPPF’s Emily Sass. “But they hardly ever say where that additional money is almost certainly going to come from—taxpayers’ pockets. If you’re going to promise voters increased spending, you need to be honest with them about the tradeoff—it’s usually either cutting other services or increased taxes.”
For more on education spending, click here.

A Tax Is A Tax

What to Know: Writing in The Hill, the Institute for Energy Research’s Jordan McGillis challenges the notion of a pain-free carbon tax.

“A carbon tax would hurt,” he writes. “And it would hurt by design. Carbon tax theory holds that human activity (like using the affordable energy from coal, oil, and natural gas) can be discouraged and comfortable habits (like driving our cars and machine-drying our clothes) can be broken through government price augmentation. Under a carbon tax, whether we are conscious of it or not, higher prices would coerce us away from our preferred choices. A carbon tax is a concealed stick with which government prods us in the direction it prefers.”


The TPPF Take: A carbon tax is bad policy, both expensive and ineffective.

“A carbon tax would reduce our standard of living,” says TPPF’s Vance Ginn. “Our elected officials shouldn’t be trying to socially engineer our behavior with a costly, often hidden taxes. Instead, they should support letting people prosper through free market solutions and the freedom to innovate.”
For more on the real effects of a carbon tax, click here.

Divided Unions

What to Know: The U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus decision, concerning public employee unions and forced payment of dues, is exposing divisions between union officials and their members.

“It's hard to find a more awkward relationship between a union and its members than the one in the case of a police union,” writes former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik in the Washington Examiner. “This was brilliantly on display recently in Arizona, where the Arizona State Troopers Association was forced by its members to withdraw an endorsement of the Democratic candidate for Senate. The union’s executive board had extended the endorsement without member consent. Upon polling the membership, the decision was made to retract the endorsement and remain neutral in the race.”


The TPPF Take: Now that public employees can’t be coerced into union membership, they are making their voices heard.

“The unions’ troubles show that in the past, many of its dues-paying members were only members because they were forced to be,” says TPPF’s Chuck DeVore. “The Janus decision is a win for the First Amendment and the rights of workers.”
For more on the Janus decision, click here.
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