GALLO: MAEP – Make Another Extra Payment

The coordinated push to force an unreasonable funding formula through a constitutional amendment on taxpayers shows a contempt for positive change. The mission of these many groups to make fiscally irresponsible budget decisions the law of the land, while at the same time protecting the government’s dictatorial power over school choice, is all encompassed in the MAEP drive.

For the children and the overburdened taxpayers of Mississippi, there is little to celebrate. If there is any success to be mentioned, it’s the continued growth of the education bureaucracy itself. That continued growth is achieved through powerful political influence of a few at the expense of the many-who unfortunately become more powerless each year.

Those groups all on board with their MAEP blitz for mandatory dollars seem to base their premise that Mississippians have ample dollars in their family budget to afford another tax increase. It’s either that or they sincerely believe money grows on Washington D.C. trees and bloom forth like cherry blossoms.

The very least we can do as parents/taxpayers, is be aware that the barrage of news stories, emergency press conferences, new research, alarming concerns of doom and dumb, frantic calls to action, etc.,are not a product of reality but a coordinated swarm of publicity attacks to gain needed signatures.

Paul Gallo