Michael S. Ellegood 
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Re: “A Dollar a Day, and Other Observations About Ducey's Education Funding Proposal

But we are robbing Peter to pay Paul. The Highway Trust Fund was established as a "trust fund" to prevent raids like this. Taking money from the already under-funded highway system will just assure continued deterioration of our State highways, especially the rural parts of the State. While I strongly support our public schools and have personally given tens of thousands of dollars to public school classrooms through www.adoptaclassroom.org, I cannot support robbing our road money. Remember, the annual fiscal crisis at the legislature has been brought on by over two decades of irresponsible tax cuts by a succession of administrations. Time to reverse course, methinks.

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Posted by Michael S. Ellegood on 01/18/2017 at 7:19 AM

Re: “More Money For Schools Leads to Better Outcomes, According To Two Recent Studies

Very interesting opinion piece. I only with that David had listed his data sources so that a reader could research them.
On a different but related subject, after numerous trips to the Legislature advocating for education funding, I am absolutely convinced that data, results, facts mean absolutely noting to the ideology driven members of our legislature. "Cut taxes at all cost" seems to be the recurring mantra down there.

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Posted by Michael S. Ellegood on 12/23/2016 at 7:05 AM

Re: “The Skinny

It's been 25 years since the gas tax has been raised. It certainly has not kept pace with inflation, meanwhile mileage has improved greatly and we have a huge pent up demand for more roads, better roads, more lanes and "wheninhell is ADOT going to fix SR whatever". To add insult to injury, our circumspect legislature has raided HURF dollars (money from the feds) to fund DPS. IMHO, we need to do two things; (1) increase the gas tax, the time has never been better, (2) pass legislation that will keep the legislators sticky fingers out of highway construction funds.
Let's quit with "No taxes at all cost mantra" and do what needs to be done.

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Posted by Michael S. Ellegood on 12/08/2016 at 9:50 AM

Re: “For More About Betsy DeVos' Priorities, Follow the Money

I don't get all of the snarky comments on David's well researched report. He is not talking about TUSD, HT Sanchez, he is simply sharing data on the educational philosophy of our soon to be U.S. Secretary of Education. Betsey DeVos is not an educator, nor has she nor any of her family attended public schools. She is a wealthy heiress who married into wealth. So she has little first hand knowledge either of public schools or the struggles of people not born into wealth. Consequently she eschews our publicly run community schools in favor of for profit corporate run private schools. She has contributed a great deal of money towards supporting legislators in these United State, including here in Arizona, who will continue to dismantle our public schools. Vouchers for all!! Sadly this is a cruel joke particularly in the inner cities and in rural areas.
Our public schools have made our country great, turning education over to corporate interests will simply deny a thorough and efficient education to a large portion of our population.
David Safier: Please keep shining a light on this.

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Posted by Michael S. Ellegood on 12/06/2016 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Betsy DeVos Set To Join the Trump Cabinet's Billionaire Boys [and Girls] Club

Interesting commentary David Safier, and with the billionaires our populist president elect has surrounded himself with right on target. Our soon to be Secy of Ed, is not an educator nor has she attended any public schools, nor has she saved on a school board by any measure, her only qualifications for the position is that she has been a shill for private schools.
As a side note, she has already influenced education here in Arizona. our newly elected freshman legislator from LD 1 (Prescott), David Stringer, was funded by DeVos. He greatly outspend his clean elections opponent and won the election. He too is for vouchers for all.
Keep shining a light on this David!!

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Posted by Michael S. Ellegood on 12/05/2016 at 5:16 AM

Re: “Justice Denied: McCain Says He'll Block Any and All of Clinton's Supreme Court Nominees

As a fellow Vietnam Veteran I have admired Sen McCain for many years. But he just lost my vote. What we don't need is another four years of demagoguery and obstructionism. I'm voting for Ann.

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Posted by Michael S. Ellegood on 10/18/2016 at 7:59 AM

Re: “Sen. Jeff Flake on His Battles With Trump: "Somebody Has To Stand Up and Call Him Out"

At last, a politician who is not afraid to call it like it is. Trump's own words brand him as a racist, a bigot, anti woman and just plain reprehensible. He is not the person who should represent the United States. Sen. Flake calls it like it is. To this I say' "Bravo!!"
Sen. Flake puts country over party. To this I say, "Bravo!!"

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Posted by Michael S. Ellegood on 09/14/2016 at 9:22 AM

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