It just never ends for Connecticut taxpayers. While Dannel Malloy runs around the country insulting Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and insulting middle aged white men his state continues its economic downfall. Apparently Dannel Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule largest tax increase in the state's history has done little to stem the flow of red ink and or the the $80 billion dollars in short and long term debt the state has. No here in Connecticut we have economic lies and more economic lies on a daily basis from Dannel Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule.
Budget Chief Ben Barnes reward for his economic lies to Connecticut taxpayers was a raise of $23,000 a year from $187,000 to a mere $210,000 a year salary (plus state benefits and his never ending pension he will receive).
Thus as Connecticut's continuing economic debacle continues we see that the carefully written script by Dannel Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule is to cut as many programs that can directly hurt those citizens truly in need and have no other protections along with cutting veterans programs, while proposing a Utopian $100 billion dollar transportation program in order to justify tolls and more tax increases. The carefully written script is getting the necessary comments from the media of how bad these cuts are and thus the only solution is to raise taxes yet once again. And the script will read clearly enough that two years from now in 2018 after all of the new tolls, new taxes and increases in current taxes we will have a new budget deficit of $200 million dollars (or pick any number) along with $90 billion dollars in short and long term unfunded liabilities. Thus it never ends.
How about if a budget was presented by both parties (yes there are Republicans who were elected legally who represent some taxpayers in Connecticut) that actually cuts spending and lowers taxes to create real economic stimulation and growth in our economy? For example a rescinding of the 6 to 12% pay increases that are automatic now each year for Dannel Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule state commissioners and aides. Or how about a 10% cut in salaries and benefits for those same jobs? How about reopening negotiations with state unions to help share a realistic solution to resolving the unfunded pension and benefits that is present in this budget and has been present for years now? How about an end to the corporate welfare programs that state taxpayers must underwrite like the millions of dollars given to Back 9 Network, Bass Pro Shops, United Technologies, Cowles Company or any of the many large corporations that feed freely on taxpayers monies?
Thus more of the same. We need a functional two party system in Connecticut. We need to cut state spending. We need an economically efficient and frugal state government that truly reuses a paper clip or scrap piece of paper to save a penny. Because if we continue to ignore Dannel Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule unchecked spending, unethical behaviors and complete disregard for the state spending cap law we will not be economically functional in 2018. It is their call now, I can and will vote with my feet in the long run.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
On February 25 Adjunct Professors Were To Walk Out Of Classes To Protest Low Pay, A Lack Of Benefits And Unfair Treatment. I Forgot.
On February 25, 2015, adjunct professors across the United States are planning to walk out of the classroom to protest their low pay, lack of benefits, and unfair treatment. - See more at: https://chroniclevitae.com/news/762-the-adjunct-crisis-is-everyone-s-problem#sthash.qGBKDC9M.dpuf
I teach part time as an Adjunct at three universities. I forgot to walk out of my classes on February 25th. Here it is March 11 and I am still technically in class (my online classes). However I also understand that I have not had a pay increase in one university I teach at in now 13 years and have had my classes and pay cut at another one due to Obamacare (see quoted text below)
To meet the needs of the Affordable Care Act and its limits on adjunct faculty teaching load, a statement regarding allowed load has been added in a blue box at the bottom of the contract above the signature line. Please read it carefully and understand the implications about going over the approved load of three classes total in a 16-week period.
I have been teaching as an Adjunct for the past 33 years and have taught classes in Economics, Business and Accounting at 10 different colleges and universities over that time frame. I have taught 1083 credit hours during that time also. The average full time Professor teaches 6 to 18 credit hours per school year. I teach normally 39 to 45 credit hours per school year. I will match my professionalism and credentials in the classroom with any full-fledged tenured professor at any college or university any time.
Interesting isn’t it? I have given up any desire to want to teach full time on a college or university level. I know it would be enticing for me to teach fulltime since there are few college professors who are either conservative and or have real world experiences in the economy. Yet I keep teaching I guess to try to help my students learn and do better in their lives and for a paycheck since I receive no benefits at any of the schools I teach at. The paycheck is interesting for at one university I teach at they are saving a great deal of money now by paying adjuncts only once a semester in a lump sum. Most schools will pay adjuncts every two weeks.
Interesting isn’t it? We see college costs have skyrocketed over the past fifteen years. We see adjunct pay be cut and or stay the same in that same time frame. We see Presidents of colleges and universities salaries and benefits continue to go up in this same time period.
Something really needs to change in higher education. It is sad to see the abuse of the adjunct in 2015. Interesting isn’t it? I forgot to walk out of my classes on February 25th. I think I should have now.
On February 25, 2015, adjunct professors across the United States are planning to walk out of the classroom to protest their low pay, lack of benefits, and unfair treatment. - See more at: https://chroniclevitae.com/news/762-the-adjunct-crisis-is-everyone-s-problem#sthash.qGBKDC9M.dp