Dear Sen. Masterson,
Hard day Ty?
You poor thing. I had to write when I heard that things got out of hand when you attempted to move control over school finances away from the Board of Education and to the Department of Administration. You said you were doing it for the sake of transparency. Ultimately it would have moved control of the finances from an elected board to an appointed board. The control would have been placed ultimately under Governor Brownback.
To think that people would lose their minds over moving their children’s education money into the hands of Governor Brownback who has given Kansans such wonderful gifts as a budget deficit almost the size of this black hole.
His approval rating is also sitting just slightly higher than Michigan Governor Rick Snyder dealing with the Flint Water Crisis, the ants who have invaded my kitchen and the Time Warner customer service rep who can’t get my cable box to reset.
But….it makes total sense to move financial control of education over to the Department of Administration.
And then, out of the clear blue, people lost their freaking minds. Who could have seen that coming?
In dramatic fashion, you cancelled the hearing over the bill with a room full of people.
“With that, due to this misinformation and falsehood, I found this debate to be escalated to the point of irrational emotion, and I see no point in wasting the time of both the conferees or the committee,” Masterson said.
In response to the bill, you received numerous email that had a “vile” tone. I mean where do people get off sending you nasty emails when it comes to how the state manages their children’s public education funding? You and your lawmakers have done such a stellar job in that department. (See KS Supreme Court Ruling on Education Funding)
Then, in something that should win you an Oscar for best dramatic performance by a lead actor, you ended with this…
“I do understand we’re in an election year and that there are certain interest groups that find political gain in propagating falsehoods,” Masterson told a packed hearing room. “But it is completely unproductive to the process.” Then you dropped the bill and some would say the mic.
Some people’s “falsehoods” are other people’s facts. I’m sorry I missed your hair-flip and skirt twirl as you exited the room. Next time before you introduce something like this just stop and think for a second. I mean really…what did you think was going to happen?
Oh the drama!