As this issue of the Mississippi Business Journal went to press last week, budget talks were ongoing in the Legislature. Deadlines have come and gone, threats have been made, politics have been played and where are we now as this legislative session enters its final hours ? In a familiar situation.
We have a history of treating public education rather shabbily. As sessions come and go, an exhaustive amount of time and energy is spent on the rhetoric of education. Rarely does that rhetoric lead to results.
The stakes are much too high for us to keep playing politics with public education funding. Whatever the level — K-12, two-year or four-year colleges and universities — good schools cost money, but Mississippi must make the investment.
The state’s business community has a responsibility to see that it happens.
It’s been said before, but here we go again: we must adopt an education budget which serves the students of Mississippi instead of one merely satisfying shallow campaign promises, a narrow-minded ideological framework or disingenuous personal agendas.
It’s the right thing to do, and bottom line — it’s good for business.
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