OK, I'll be a contrarian for the moment.
Tom Reynolds, a "white-hat" if there ever was one, stands accused of self-dealing because, according to Jessica McBride (http://mcbridemediamatters.blogspot.com/2005/07/note-to-blogger-james-wigderson.html) Reynolds forced the entire Senate Pubbie caucus to insert a $100.00/child tax credit into the Budget for children who are home-schooled and in private schools (but not in the Milwaukee Choice program.)
It is estimated that this "middle-of-the-night" insertion will reduce the State's annual thievery by about $14 million dollars.
Reynolds is a cheapskate, and it's easy to prove.
At this time, the State of Wisconsin underwrites roughly 60% of public school costs. Representative Lasee has been kind enough to tell us that the State average cost-per-pupil is now $10,505. That means that the State contributes about $6,303/student to each school district. (http://www.legis.state.wi.us/assembly/asm02/news/sd_Manitowoc%20-%20Average.html)
There are about 125,000 home-schooled/private-schooled children in the State, meaning that the parents of these children now save the State $787 MILLION per year.
Reynold's measly, penurious, niggardly, tightfisted offering of $100.00/student doesn't make the cut either as "fair" or as "self-dealing." $100.00 buys 3 textbooks (used), or about 1/2 of an HP printer.
Senator Reynolds--you've been told!!
Jessica--why not talk about BIG issues?
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