Okay, I really, really want to secede from this craphole of a state. Downstaters can do better! I know *everybody* isn’t a corrupt, greedy slimeball!
Bike pulls up beside me: “Hey, wanted to say goodbye.” He’s going to Indiana to teach there (slight emphasis on the word “there”).
“Oh,” says I, “Lots of people in education are going to other states these days.”
This whole fiscal year — from last July 1 — they haven’t made a budget at all, so… except for enough court ordered payments & special cases, the bills aren’t getting paid. So they’ve carefully picked the things that will help them most politically to pay for (including a 100,00 $ position to be an assistant to the governor’s wife).
The rape crisis center — cut down to one emergency hotline (where they can tell you I suppose to go to the police but there’s no counseling any more)… drug treatment… mental health facilities…. they’ve just tossed some scraps — between 30-60% of what they budgeted last year — at colleges & universities (again, granting more to the places that are more politically noticed).
Ride of silence tonight… and it’s beautiful out there, and my co-worker has ridden in today and yesterday (yes, rainy yesterday).