Georgia: The new Mississippi
Atlanta’s downtown connector is about to get another coat of asphalt. Why?
The resurfacing of the northbound lanes should correct the problem of water seeping through the roadway that led to patches of black ice this past winter.
“Crews will cut very thin horizontal grooves in the asphalt to drain any seeping water,” DOT spokeswoman Crystal Paulk-Buchanan said. “Then, crews will put the final layer of asphalt over this section.”
Yeah, that black ice is a real problem — much graver than our failing schools.
Here is the bottom line. If the changes in state and local revenues that are already occurring are allowed to continue, Georgia’s schools will have to increase the number of students per teacher by at least 15 percent from FY 2009 to FY 2012 or decrease the salaries of their employees by the same extent. If teacher salaries remain the same, there will have to be a decrease of at least 14,000 teaching positions across the state.
Meanwhile, top Georgia lawmakers are living large on the taxpayer’s dime.
Overall, lawmakers billed the state for nearly $3.6 million in so-called per diem payments from Jan. 1, 2008, through March 19, 2010, at the same time the state budget was being slashed by $3 billion, teachers and employees were furloughed and state troopers were taken off the roads.
All we need now is a proclamation commemorating Confederate History Month. Done!