Friday, May 22, 2009

Governor approves taxpayer funds for union training

The governor, in signing the budget, approved funding for the Evergreen State College Labor Education and Research Center at a level of at least $200,000 over the next two years.

A recent audit found this center violated state ethics laws by aligning itself too closely with labor unions. By continuing the center's funding without mandating any changes in its operation, legislators and the governor show no concern for misuse of taxpayer funds.

Public education funds should not be used to finance the goals of special interest groups. Publicly funded schools should teach about history -- including the labor movement -- but should do so in an objective fashion, not as allies of and training grounds for organized labor.

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