So, basically, NJ school budget votes seem to fluctuate very much in sync with unemployment over the past decade (as a broad economic indicator). This relationship does erode somewhat during periods in the early 1990s and certain time periods in the 1980s.Click on the link and look at the scatter-plot if you're a geek wannabe like me. The correlation is roughly equivalent to that between obesity and Twinkie consumption.
The school budget vote is an avatar for NJ citizen angst. Times are tough - vote down the budget. Which begs the question:
Is it in Christie's interest that we NOT get out of the economic slump?
ALSO: While you're at Bruce Baker's place, check out this:
This list of research findings is only a start, but illustrates an important point that choosing to limit taxes and expenditures likely means choosing to reduce service quality – increase class sizes and reduce teacher quality in particular. Again, that’s a choice. But we should be well aware of the consequences of these choices.(My emphasis)
Say it with me, won't you?
Why isn't Bruce Baker on every TV screen, radio, and newspaper op-ed page in NJ?