19 comments

  1. JRM2016 says:

    Word on the street here is that the cards cost $500 to issue, due to bureaucracy et al. Can anyone verify/knock that down?

  2. LINDA says:

    But, I wonder how many teachers will still take the entitled deduction for purchasing school supplies on their 1040 in entirety or offset it by this gift card? I think it is a deplorable election year gimmick, and detest that the Republicans have now gone after voting blocs the same way that in the past Democrats were accused of doing. So that is new platrom, “we shall use our position of power to buy votes because the Democrats would do the same thing.”

    I am sure you are correct, Jrm2016, because the $300 rebate mailed out in the year 2002, I believe that was the year of the credit mailed out by the IRS, cost a tremendous amount of money. And then when people had their tax returns prepared, the $300 had to be deducted from the child credit allowed. Many clients told me that they did not get the check, and then their refunds were changed because they did indeed get the rebate check. It was a nightmare! I had to take many phone calls and explian to the clients why their refund checks were lower.

  3. LINDA says:

    You see this is why many of us voted for Republicans, which was to change from a bought government to a more respected government that represented the taxpayers. There is just no hope for the trampled on taxpayer in this state or any state for that matter. We may as well just change all political races to nonpartisan because there is little difference in the two parties.

  4. stephaniemills21 says:

    My biggest problem with this is the cost of the program versus it benefits. The idea of giving teachers a gift card to purchase needed supplies for their rooms sounded like a good idea to me a first. I know a lot of teachers and know that they spend a lot of their own money on supplies for their supplies, so I thought that anything would be a benefit to them. But, the state has a unique ability to purchase goods at a very low cost, a lot lower than any individual teacher could hope to get on a sales tax holiday. That $10 billion could have been spent on wholesale items and gotten a lot more for the teachers than they can get on their own. You could even argue that teachers would then even have to spend less of their own money on supplies than they will have to with the gift cards because the state would be providing them with more of what they need.

    Sonny could have gone about this a whole other way and given block grants to school systems or even individual schools where the schools purchased what the teachers needed, still at greater cost savings to teachers than the gift cards. I am sure others could have even better ideas of how to do this.

    I am all for giving teachers what they need, but just think that they could have come up with a better way to do it.

  5. Rusty says:

    The part that pisses me off is that newspaper editors continue to allow reporters to publish articles with vague “critics say” accusations. It allows all manner of attacks with no accountability. Thanks Fox News.

  6. Michael C says:

    Volume buying would make sense if the actual funds made it to the classroom. Unfortunately because of bereacracy they don’t.

    Last year, we spent over $300 on supplies for my wide’s classroom. Some of it was for borders etc, but most of it was for pencils, paper, dry erase markers, etc. And my wife works for Fulton County Schools, which spends more money per child than any other school system in the state.

    Who reduced $100 of my out of pocket expenses? Sonny did.

  7. stephaniemills21 says:

    Michael,

    Are you saying that Perdue could not have done something to get past his own bureacracy? I am sure he and Kathy Cox could have come up with something. I mean, he is not that inneffective is he???

  8. CMOB says:

    Down here in Henry County where the school system explodes with 3500 to 4000 new school age children a year there isn’t enough funding (we just hit 23.06 mills) to give teachers chalk/dry eraser boards in classrooms. I have purchased one, screwed it to the wall and will most likely purchase another this weekend to put up in my wife’s brand new school, Ola Middle School, portable classroom.

    I am thankful for the gesture, be it political or not, that Sonny is helping in a small way.

    Each year my wife spends untold amounts of money from her own pocket to educate children. Yes we use it on our taxes but come on – chalk/dry erase boards are like hammers to carpenters!

    Thanks Sonny for the good deed

  9. JRM2016 says:

    What if they had just paid the teachers a bonus in July? Could that have been done cheaply? Or what about the idea of the state buying a “market basket” of items teachers need and just providing it to them at the beginning of the school year?

  10. Demonbeck says:

    Think about it this way. Whether the cards cost $300 or $500 to parcel out, how much of that $300 to $500 would have actually made it to the classroom if they weren’t sent in the form of gift cards?

    We need to make severe cuts in the DoE Headquarters in Atlanta and turn them into a mere pass through for state and federal dollars.

  11. stephaniemills21 says:

    You have a Republican Governor, both house of the GA are republican, and a republican Sup. of Schools. Are you really going to sit there and say that they are so ineffective that they could not have gotten this done in a better fashion? If they can’t then why in the heck should anyone vote for them. Your party is in charge, it would seem to reason that you could get things done the way you want them.

  12. rjhatl says:

    I disagree with the logic. This is the old “republicans will never steal as much as democrats will give away” thing. I don’t care if the Dems would have given $500 cards out- what I care about is that the governor is using my tax dollars for a blatant political stunt. And not even a very good one- the many teachers who won’t be able to get the cards in time certainly won’t be big fans of the governor.

  13. MountainThinker says:

    All I can say is that my mother is a teacher, my older brother and sister are teachers, my girlfriend is a teacher, my grandmother is a teacher, three of my aunts and two of my uncles are teachers, along with nearly two dozen cousins, all teachers…and every single one of them thought it might be a small gesture, but an important one that shows he has a common touch and that he’s doing SOMETHING to help the teachers in a very personal and knowing way. And the majority of the teachers at their schools have a positive view of the cards as helping them do more for their students at less personal expense. I personally think this was a win for Sonny, and more importantly, a win for Georgia’s students.

  14. Dan says:

    When asking a teacher if she was going to be at Sonny’s Fish Fry this weekend:

    Nope, I’ve got a hundred dollars to spend this weekend and I’m not wasting my time at a fish fry. They should have planned better.

  15. stephaniemills21 says:

    Mountainthinker,

    I agree with you that the gesture is nice, but smart government is not about gestures, it is about appropriating resouces most effectively. You will notice I have not said a thing about the politics of this, only the fiscal responsibility. Perdue could have made political points in many ways by ensuring teachers had the supplies they needed without doing something fiscally irresponsible.

  16. duluthmom says:

    The reason many teachers feel it is a gimmick is because it was done after the budgets were dramatically slashed.
    http://www.macon.com/mld/macon/news/local/14540843.htm
    So many feel it was like it looked like a magnaimous gesture when in reality is more like robbing Peter to pay Paul.

    The tax free weekend stipulation is what is upsetting to most. While fiscally it makes sense, it has created obscenely long lines at traditional teacher supply stores like The Schoolbox where you can get the best manuals and aids. As a result, I ended up using mine at OfficeMax (who was kind enough to give me an extra 15% discount for being a teacher).

  17. duluthmom says:

    Sorry, that should have read
    So many feel it looked like a magnaimous gesture when in reality was more like robbing Peter to pay Paul.

  18. SkylerA says:

    They’ll need the $100 card to pay for their increased Health Insurance premiums, thanks to the Perdue Administration.
    Funny how we fail to mention these things.

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