It seems that a state already riddled with insolvent budgets, despite billions in federal aid, has found its next cash cow. Before the spill, lawmakers were calling for an education bailout because a weakened economy wasn’t producing enough sales taxes. Alabama needs to understand that an education system so heavily reliant on sales taxes will always have budgetary problems.
If Alabama really wants to see a balanced education budget, it should stop worrying about artificially propping up public-sector jobs and start to transfer the education system to the private sector. A universal system of school choice would raise achievement, save millions and spark a sputtering economy.
The Heartland Institute
Originally featured in Birmingham News