Glenn Cummings issued a clarification which is currently posted on the USM student paper online. Here it is:
Dear Free Press,
Thank you for your May 1 story that included my reflections at Student Government on USM’s experience this year attempting to balance issues of freedom of speech, allowing controversial speakers on to our campus, and addressing student concerns about their safety.
I would like to clarify one statement in your story. I do not mean in any way to equate Larry Lockman’s extreme comments on some issues in the past with the traditional conservative perspective or viewpoint. What I had hoped to convey is that, going forward, we will be more thoughtful in how we accommodate speakers on either end of the political spectrum. All non-violent views - conservative, liberal, independent (and others) - are welcome here.
Dr. Glenn Cummings
President, University of Southern Maine
96 Falmouth Street
Portland, ME 04103
You decide for yourself if this says anything different than the original quote...
A terrible phenomenon is happening in our country right now, we see it in California and now we are starting to see it closer to home. This phenomenon is censorship by the left, not just censorship, but a forceful suppression of our First Amendment Right to free speech.
Through violent riots, disruptions at public events and threats of violence, extreme liberals are attempting to censor Republicans across the country.
I sometimes wonder how nice it must be to be so naive that you feel justified calling someone who votes for constitutional freedom a Nazi when you yourself identify as a Democratic Socialist. Did you skip school every day of the semester they taught about the National Socialist German Workers' Party? Or about Stalin? Mussolini? Venezuela?
The bottom line is that one of the basic tenets of what keeps our country great is that we have a right to free speech. We can espouse our beliefs free from persecution. Does this mean we have to like what everyone says? NO! We can vehemently oppose it, and even better, we can tell the world that we vehemently oppose it!
I think I speak for the majority of America when I say that it is massively disappointing to see places of higher education being reduced to miniature versions of the Ministry of Truth, only allowing ministry approved information to pass through.
Until now we have been fortunate in that our Maine Universities have respected students’ First Amendment Rights and have allowed what liberals deem to be “controversial” speakers hold events on campus. Just recently, there were threats to shut down a speaking event on the University of Southern Maine’s campus when it was announced that a school group was bringing Representative Larry Lockman to talk about immigration. Maine GOP reached out to USM’s President, Glenn Cummings and was reassured that the event would go on and that he would encourage peaceful protest, not violent obstruction.
Sadly, it would seem that the extreme liberal agenda is finally starting to get to President Cummings.
In a recent interview with The Free Press he said, “I’m not sure I protected the people I was meant to protect. Larry Lockman was given a microphone to spread hate speech against people I’m paid to, and want to, protect. If we have another conservative speaker at USM, we won’t have them up there alone- spewing their hate. We’ll have [them] debating the dean of the law school. There are ways to limit their microphones.” The article continues to say that President Cummings proposed that the Senate work with him to create policy that would determine “who can and cannot come to speak.”
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your tax dollars at work.
We cannot allow for Maine’s public universities to be controlled and students' rights eroded by the violent and extreme liberal agenda! We must allow students, all students, the opportunity to hear from speakers from all political perspectives, without “limiting” their microphones.
Censorship is a slippery slope President Cummings. Today you may be limiting microphones, but tomorrow you may find yourself in a new position: as Minister of Truth.
Call President Cummings and ask him to retract his comments to the Free Press and tell him to stand strong against pressure from the extreme left.
There are two must-read articles you need to check out and share with your friends and family today.
Allumbaugh: We should be thanking Poliquin for health care vote
With all the Democrats’ hysteria surrounding the House passing the American Health Care Act, Joel Allumbaugh in the Morning Sentinel rightfully highlights ObamaCare’s disastrous conditions here in Maine and how the Maine Model of invisible high risk pools is being used to cover people with pre-existing conditions and to help lower premiums.
Here’s an excerpt from Allumbaugh’s piece:
The American Health Care Act protects people with pre-existing conditions with an invisible risk-sharing program modeled after Maine’s, which lowered rates in Maine’s individual market before Obamacare took effect. Milliman, a well-respected actuarial firm, analyzed the effects of a similar program extrapolated nationally and showed how rates would be lowered for all age groups.
Click here to read Joel’s full article.
Also, if you haven’t already, watch Jason’s video about the American Health Care Act.
Mayor Isgro: ‘Opportunity Agenda’ Out of Touch with Working Mainers
Secondly, Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro’s piece in The Maine Wire correctly highlights how out-of-touch the Democrats’ Opportunity Agenda is with working Mainers.
From their outrageous claims that their “budget” is the largest property tax cut in Maine history, to their excessive Monopoly Money style deficit spending plans, Maine Democrats’ continue to recycle the failed Libby Mitchell and Mike Michaud economic agendas that failed Mainers, especially working Mainers.
Also, Isgro correctly highlights that property taxes are controlled at the municipal level and no increases of revenue sharing will encourage municipalities to reform their spending priorities.
Here’s an excerpt:
In Maine, property taxes are controlled at the municipal level alone. Increasing revenue sharing from 2 to 3 percent is simply a gimmick to give them cover on this controversial issue while doling out less dollars than the annual salary raise in most municipalities. It also ignores recent studies that have shown that revenue sharing actually encourages increases in municipal spending rather than tax relief.
Click here to read Mayor Isgro’s full article.
Also, please make sure to watch Jason’s video regarding the Democrats’ Opportunity Agenda. It’s important we get the truth out to you.
With jobs at an all-time high and unemployment at an all-time low here in Maine, plus wages rising at a healthy rate, it’s pretty hard to grasp why Democrats are still insisting we grow welfare spending with money we don’t have.
Members of the Press,
As you know, instead of working in Augusta toward a budget deal, Democrat Legislative Leaders have been running around the state, holding town hall events to promote all the new spending they plan to do with the “new” revenue from their punishing 3% surtax on Maine small businesses and higher earners.
But, as Maine Public is reporting, income tax revenue is officially flat after the liberal tax hike took effect. http://mainepublic.org/post/maines-forecasting-panel-lowers-revenue-expectations-through-june#stream/0
This is, fundamentally, a case of Democrats ignoring all the evidence that they were presented about this income tax hike not doing what they promised it would do.
The so-called “Opportunity Agenda” being promoted by Democrats relies on a whopping $370 million increase in revenues through the income tax. (Page 9 of the Opportunity Agenda pdf on their website)
State officials just cut that projection to about $6 million.
That is a $364 million structural gap.
There is no way around it.
The liberal desire to punish people through the tax code once again puts us on the edge of a major structural problem with the state budget.
Democrats should immediately recognize they don't have the money they thought they were going to have for their goal of the largest spending increase in Maine history.
It is, sadly, more likely they will somehow try to find a way to blame Republicans for being the adults in the room.
Our hats are off to Senate President Mike Thibodeau, House Leader Ken Fredette and Governor LePage, along with all the Republicans in Augusta who have been resisting Democrat attempts to blow a huge hole in the state budget.
The only 'Opportunity' in the “Opportunity Agenda” is the opportunity to return to the Baldacci era of crisis management and massive budget shortfalls.
Maine deserves better, and Republicans have been doing the hard work on that since January.
All the best,
It would seem that after all we have been through together, some major media outlets are still clueless as to what the public wants. Or, more specifically, to what middle America and the silent majority wants.
Today, President Trump’s campaign committee shared a post called, “Fake New Station Refuses To Run Ad Highlighting The President’s First 100 Days”. The point is simple and clear, the people elected Donald J. Trump to be our nation's 45th President and when he wanted a video highlighting his first 100 days in office to run on CNN, he was censored.
Here is what the President's website had to say:
NEW YORK, NY – Today, Donald J. Trump for President, Inc was stopped by the mainstream media from running a new television ad on CNN. The new television ad entitled “First 100 Days" highlights the President's first 100 days in office; exhibiting clear vision, resolute leadership, and an uncompromising dedication to the American people, just as he promised throughout his campaign.
It would appear that, once again, it is in the hands of the people to share President Trump’s message.
Please share this post on your social media and with your friends. Help us get the word out on how President Donald J. Trump is putting America first.
Senator Angus King's recent claims on Meet The Press discussing gridlock in the federal government conjured images of Senator King sitting alone at a table in a swank D.C. restaurant, lonely and dejected.
You see, the junior Senator from Maine's explanation for why the US Senate and House can't get anything done is pretty strange – it is the Senate schedule's fault. Too many Senators – gasp – go home to their constituents on the weekends!
Senator King describes the problem as one where there are not enough Senators who have served 10 years or longer in Washington.
Apparently, Senator King has not been paying attention to his own state where the state budget is balanced every two years, and there is currently a surplus, unemployment is at a record low, private sector jobs are at a record high, the state's debt has been reduced dramatically, the state pension system has been reformed, and crime is very low.
All this has been accomplished while not a single member of the Maine House or Senate is allowed to serve more than eight years.
Sounds more like Senator King is setting himself up with a platform to explain why he has accomplished nothing in the US Senate during his first term during his re-election.
Maybe instead of bemoaning his lack of dinner dates in Washington, Senator King should try coming home and visiting with his constituents north of Portland sometime.
Individual & Employer Mandates – Repealed
Tax Hikes & New Taxes – Repealed or restored to pre-Obamacare levels
Tax Credits for Insurance Purchases - Provided
Pre-existing Conditions – Still covered, but in a way that doesn't drive up costs for everyone
Internal Revenue Services – Out of the health insurance business
Welfare Expansion – Stopped in its tracks. Largest federal welfare reform in decades.
Essential Benefits and Services – Protected at state level
Let's end the national nightmare of Obamacare...
This is a long email – because I am trying to provide you with as much factual information as possible, as well as set the record straight on a lot of the propaganda you are going to see on the new attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare.
First of all, the key parts of Obamacare that Republicans have opposed across the board, such as the individual mandate, the destructive taxes, and the use of the IRS to punish and penalize people for not buying insurance, are repealed. Gone. The individual mandate will be repealed for months beginning after December 31, 2015.
The employer mandate will also be repealed for months beginning after December 31, 2015 under this plan. No more punishing businesses for growing to larger than 50 employees. These businesses can breathe easy on Obamacare's punishment of them.
Components of Obamacare that drive up the cost of health insurance can be replaced by reforms at the state level that reflect free market principles and competition are the best way to bring down health insurance costs. The requirements that plans cover specific essential health benefits (minimum requirements for health insurance plans) can be moved to the state level, so each state can manage their insurance market as they fit, if they wish, with a federal waiver.
This link will take you to Maine's Essential Health Benefits: http://www.maine.gov/pfr/insurance/consumer/consumer_guides/mandated_benefits.html
As you can see, Maine already has robust Essential Health Benefits in place, so when you see scare-mongering tactics from the left claiming various things will no longer be covered in Maine, please share this link with them to prove to them that what they are saying is not true.
Rising premium costs, pre-existing conditions and high-risk pools:
Insurance premiums have been skyrocketing under Obamacare in Maine and across the nation, largely due to the way Obamacare melded coverage of pre-existing conditions with people who do not have pre-existing conditions into the same insurance pool.
Ensuring people with pre-existing conditions under Obamacare is one of the more popular provisions, and so I hope what follows is a helpful explanation of the new plan under the AHCA to replace the mistakes on these issues.
Most exciting for those of us who live here in Maine, these new provisions are based on the bipartisan Maine Model of health reform passed under PL90 during the 125th Maine Legislature and signed by Governor LePage in 2011.
That’s right. Maine is leading the nation. It fits our motto: Dirigo. I lead.
Under current law, people with pre-existing conditions are covered in the same insurance pools with healthy people and young people with no risk factors who would have lower insurance premiums. The result is that those with pre-existing conditions drive up premiums for everyone.
This was one of the fatal flaws of Obamacare - the belief that the government could put young and healthy people in the same insurance pools with people with costly pre-existing conditions and somehow everyone's premiums would drop. Remember how President Obama made all those promises that turned out to not be true? Well, this is one of the big reasons why.
Under the Maine Model in this plan, those with pre-existing conditions cannot be denied, but they are moved into what is called an invisible risk pool, where they receive coverage and healthcare, but the plan focuses on management and treatment of their care and costs, with a subsidy just for them – funding which directly helps them.
Now, the new plan will keep provisions that protect consumers in place, such as pre-existing conditions and others. It will stay exactly as it is – exactly. With one potential exception: state governments can show the federal government a better way, a better system, and seek a waiver from the federal government to run these programs at the state level in a way that best works for their own populations.
This does not mean state governments can hack away and abandon people without access to insurance, it just means they can go back to being free to work on better solutions, in the spirit of the way our country has always worked. This is the piece of the legislation liberal Obamacare supporters are claiming will “throw people off” insurance. This is just not true, please correct them when you see it.
The waiver can only happen when states show a better way.
You may be one of those people with pre-exisiting conditions or could be related to someone in this situation. Their coverage is guaranteed, the current system is guaranteed for them – unless a state comes up with what they expect to be a better way and that state receives the ability to implement it.
We can all hope and expect that both the Democratic and Republican controlled State Legislatures and Governors around America would – and will – work hard to ensure their own citizens, brothers, sisters, cousins and friends receiving the care they need.
Clearly, instead of driving up everyone's rates and then subsidizing everyone's costs, healthy people would see premiums drop and no longer need dramatic subsidies, and those with greater needs due to pre-existing conditions will get coverage they can afford.
Under the Maine Model with PL90, individuals with pre-existing conditions were all guaranteed access to health insurance, nobody could be denied insurance. But instead of driving up insurance premiums for everyone, premiums dropped by as much as 70% for some individuals, and the number and size of large rate increases dropped dramatically, while those with pre-existing conditions were still taken care of.
Just imagine if the Maine model which delivered individual market premium decreases of as much as 70% could come back to Maine and be provided to the rest of the nation. That’s what this new reform has the potential to do – based directly on the model we created in Maine.
At the time we put the Maine Model into effect, liberal groups and Democrats were predicting 'Armageddon' in Maine's insurance markets, but all the data showed strong results in lowering insurance premiums and expanding access to affordable care through free-market reforms. Sadly, once Obamacare came crashing in, those gains were erased in short order.
Still, it is incredible for the people of Maine to see a model developed in Maine being used in this national healthcare reform. It is happening because we proved it would work.
Health Savings Accounts, Flexible Savings Accounts and other changes
Obamacare had several regulations and taxes in place that punished those with Health Savings Accounts and Flexible Savings Accounts.
Obamacare prohibits using HSA's and FSA's to purchase over the counter medicines not prescribed by a doctor. This proposal repeals that and allows you to use your HSA or FSA to do so.
Obamacare increased taxes on HSA and FSA withdrawals not related to healthcare. This bill repeals that tax increase and returns it to the levels before Obamacare.
On the spending side, one big problem with Obamacare was the expansion of the welfare state. This bill gives states, including Maine, the opportunity to stop the destructive expansion of the welfare state dead in its tracks.
Included in this bill are many welfare reforms, which we will try to explain in a future email.
Many of the welfare reforms Governor LePage successfully put in place here in Maine are being melded into this national reform Bill.
Once again Maine is leading.
Repealing and not replacing the massive tax hikes of Obamacare
Obamacare imposed new taxes on American businesses and individuals to 'pay for' the government to take over your healthcare. Among these were the medical device tax, the pharmaceutical tax, the tanning bed tax, a tax on health insurance plans (even as costs were shooting through the roof), the Medicare tax, and the net investment income tax.
These taxes along, with the penalties described above, and others are repealed. The 'cadillac tax' is delayed until 2025.
Additionally, several tax credits or deductions will be restored or created that help Americans afford their insurance plans – these include allowing taxpayers to claim expenses that exceed 7.5% as an itemized deduction, instead of the 10% under Obamacare, and establishing a refundable tax credit starting in 2020.
More to come
You may have heard about this so-called “reconciliation process” related to these reforms. This is quite technical but basically involves how laws are passed in Congress.
Due to this process some changes will come in one piece of Legislation and others may come in other pieces of Legislation. Also the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Doctor Tom Price, may also make changes as we seek to lower costs and improve healthcare.
Rest assured the Democrats will try and confuse you on this point. They want you to believe Republicans are – or are not – doing certain things. Stay patient as this could be a multi-level process due to these Legislative rules.
Remember who is – and who is not – affected
About 7% of Maine’s insured people are “on Obamacare.” The other 93% are not.
Who is not on Obamacare – 93% of Maine:
-Senior Citizens on Medicare
-People who get insurance at work with private plans
-People on direct private plans
-Veterans who receive VA coverage
-Medicaid welfare recipients
None of these 93% will have their plans directly affected.
Now of course those who have private or workplace plans and who have seen large rate in increases due to underlying Obamacare regulations will hopefully see reductions due to these reforms. And, those on welfare Medicaid will see changes based on the welfare reforms in the current proposal. However, none of the 93% listed above should have any direct plan changes, just, hopefully like in PL90, reductions in costs.
This is important as you talk with your friends, co-workers, and family about this ongoing Obamacare debate. 93% of Maine people insured are not on Obamacare at all.
For those 7% who are, as you may have seen in the news most in Maine have coverage either through Anthem or something called Community Health Options. Anthem has stated they are looking pull out of Obamacare altogether if it is not fixed. Community Health Options has already lost tens of millions of dollars. Both are not in a good spot. Maine’s Obamacare system is not working well.
Again stay tuned
So this is an ongoing issue and healthcare has been talked out for years and years, long before Obamacare even started.
It is important we together as Republicans, and American citizens, do all we can to have great health care choices, great technology, and care at an affordable price. We also want to make sure all of our family members, regardless of pre-existing conditions, can get coverage.
Please speak with your friends, co-workers, and family about these facts above. And, know this could change again before a vote takes place.
We here at the Maine Republican Party are always working for you and all of the people of Maine.
Please do not hesitate to email me if you have questions or see misinformation.
I have done my best to give you the facts, and make sure we all have the truth in this debate.
Maybe Planned Parenthood should just go back to writing catchy chants for teenagers in pink vagina hats.
Last week, the extreme liberals in Planned Parenthood's political action wing thought they were fooling people by pulling a “where's Bruce” stunt on Congressman Bruce Poliquin at his Bangor office to suggest he was hiding somewhere.
This absurd stunt backfired when a reporter happened to tweet that Congressman Poliquin was in fact, in Bangor, meeting with a group of people on how to fix flood insurance issues that Maine faces, particularly this time of year.
The taunting “where's Bruce” tweet from the extreme liberal organization appeared literally within seconds of the reporter’s tweet that Bruce was working hard for his constituents.
Since the radical liberals at Planned Parenthood have been trying to create this false narrative for a while now, I thought I'd put together a quick post to show where Bruce was when they were pretending he couldn't be found.
Our Congressman certainly has not been hiding.
April 14th: Interview in studio with George Hale & Ric Tyler on the GHRT Show in Bangor. Covered live on air WVOM 4/14/17.
April 14th: Visited Houlton ACAP Center. Covered by WABI on 4/14/17.
April 15th: Caribou Farm of Hope Grand Opening. Covered by WAGM TV on 4/19/17.
April 17th: Planned Parenthood tweets “Where's Bruce”, and says they are sending a search party out...
April 17th: Congressman Poliquin working with Twin Rivers Paper in Madawaska, working on helping the mill. Covered by WAGM News Source 8 on the 6 pm news on 4/17/17.
April 17th: Congressman Poliquin visits several Auburn businesses, meets with owners and employees about what needs to be done to help them. Covered by WFVX/FOX on the evening news 4/17/17
April 18th: Congressman Poliquin touring paper mill in Dixfield, to gauge operation's needs. Covered by Lewiston Sun Journal, Rumford Falls Times on 4/18/17
April 18th: Congressman Poliquin spends time with Scouts in Augusta on Scount recognition day, focused on instilling leadership qualities in Maine's youth. Covered by WABI on 4/18/17.
April 20th: Planned Parenthood publishes series of tweets asking again “Where's Bruce?” as if he is hiding.
April 20th: In same time frame, reporter tweets that Congressman Poliquin is attending a flood insurance round table meeting. Covered by WABI on 4/20/17.
April 20th: Congressman Poliquin spends afternoon with Penobscot County Sheriff Troy Morton, working on what can be done to help Penobscot County, specifically on the drug crisis. Covered by WVII on 4/20/17.
There you go Planned Parenthood operatives...
Bruce has been doing his job, which is to work for the people of his district, and not playing your petty games.
So here’s my question to you-
While Bruce is in his district working for the people he represents, where are you? Last we checked there wasn’t even a Planned Parenthood Health Center anywhere in Congressman Poliquin's district.
-Nina McLaughlin, Communications Director
Talk about #FakeNews! The Maine Democrat Party is currently conducting what is likely the most dishonest “road show” the state of Maine has seen since the days of traveling snake oil salesman.
Liberal Democrats, unwilling to actually work on a real tax cut, instead have chosen to embark on a tour to claim they are going to cut Mainers' property taxes.
From one end of the state to the other, they are setting up shop in towns and cities, and making the claim that they are proposing the largest property tax cut in Maine history. Sadly, the press is covering their claims as if it is the truth.
But the truth is simply the opposite – they can't, and they won't, cut property taxes.
They have literally no control over local property tax rates. None.
Your property tax mil rate is set by your town or city. Claiming that they are working to cut your property taxes is a falsehood that can be proven without any trouble at all.
Shame on Democrats for making this claim.
What they are actually proposing to do is to subsidize local government spending in the hope that your property taxes will go down in the future. But, as history has shown, it doesn't work like that.
What happens is that state spending actually rises to provide the subsidy, then most local governments spend the money and don't cut property tax rates one penny. In fact, increasing the subsidy is actually correlated with increases in local property taxes – the opposite of what Democrats are telling you!
The Maine Heritage Policy Center showed the correlation in a 2015 report that you can read here: https://www.scribd.com/document/261721109/Revenue-Sharing-Report
It is really no surprise that increasingly subsidizing something gives us more of it, not less.
So what Democrats are really proposing to do, based on actual history of revenue sharing and property tax rates, is spend more of your money at the state level, which will lead to more spending at the local level. Then you get to pay for it both ways.
At the same time Democrats are conducting their 'road show' pretending they want to cut the one tax they can't cut – they are proposing tax increases or opposing tax cuts on every tax they can legally change. That's a story we will be bringing you on another day.
The most important point here is that Democrats are on a tour claiming they are going to do something they can't do – cut property taxes – while back in Augusta they are eagerly trying to raise any other tax they can get their hands on.
It's a classic bait and switch folks.
If a Democrat Legislator or operative tells you otherwise, ask them to show you in their proposal where they they lower mil rates on the property in your town. Ask them.
Don't accept the argument that they are increasing a subsidy – make them show you their proposal for your reduced mil rate, or even the law that keeps it from rising.
Ask them how they can legally cut local property taxes.
And when they admit they can't, then ask them for proof that more revenue sharing leads to property tax cuts, not just increased spending. Let's see what they say.
If Democrats were serious, they'd be proposing the elimination of unfunded mandates to Maine municipalities, and tying any increase in revenue sharing to control or reduction of mil rates.
But they're not, because this is just a political talking point, not a serious proposal.
- Jason Savage, Executive Director
Maine Democrats' false claims on “property tax cut”:
WABI: Democrats Unveil Budget Plan Calling for Largest Property Tax Cut in Maine History #FakeNews
Press Herald: Our View: Property tax cut keeps money in the right place #FakeNews
Maine Senate Democrats: Dems take Opportunity Agenda on the Road – Lawmakers to tour Maine for budget that cuts property taxes, fully funds schools and invests in communities, families and jobs #FakeNews
Sun Journal: Democrats counterpunch Gov. LePage by rolling out alternative budget – In a prepared statement, the Democrats said their budget priorities include cutting property taxes... #FakeNews
Today we are rolling out Volume 2 of our Obamacare: Promises Made, Promises Broken video series.
President Obama told the Politifact Lie of the Year when he told the people of Maine, and this nation, that they would be able to keep their doctors and health insurance plans.
Please share this video with your friends and family to remind them that Obamacare cost so many people their health insurance plans and doctors.
Obamacare: Promises Made, Promises Broken
P.S. If you missed Volume 1 of Obamacare: Promises Made, Promises Broken you can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9-zKCdbWoA&t=3s
As the discussion around education funding in Maine hits a fever pitch in the next few weeks, the Maine GOP was looking for a way to helpfully inform the people in Maine about how some of this money is spent.
We decided we would start to roll out some pieces that are really designed to just add a level of transparency and information to the discussion.
One of the key pieces under discussion over this budget cycle is administrative costs.
Now, to get into the details of each and every administrative cost in the state would be an incredible amount of detailed digging and work...
But, we were able to get our hands on the 2016-17 data for administrative salaries and benefits across Maine's public schools.
Please keep in mind that this is not an all encompassing list of administrative costs, just the salaries and benefits of administrators in each school district.
Administrative salary and benefit costs range widely across Maine. In some cases, you will see school systems or districts with similar enrollment numbers showing a large difference in total spending, and in per-student spending.
The full data in excel format are available upon request.
We intend to publish rankings for these data in coming days, as well as additional information regarding public education funding.
Click here to see how much your school district spends on administrative salaries and benefits.
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