Lest we forget the two strikes the teachers took part in — I won't, for both times I lost pay. I know the one time, I was out for about 2 pay periods and so were the vast majority of other teachers. If we never got the money for that period — well, either time — my next question is: Where did the money go? That same money could probably assist to pay the raises now. We always hear the same lament: There is no money. When I have no money I cut down on so called "luxury items" in my budget. I pass by that new, more expensive dress and buy the one on sale. I don't see this happening; while the government wants us to wear Payless shoes they are out there with there $200 sneakers. When senators say "they will pay the price for the gas they burn in their government cars" I have to laugh. Teachers pay for their cars and their gas to go to their underpaid government jobs every day. I will quote the honorable Sen. Louis Hill out of context but he still said it recently in a Senate meeting: "This is insanity."
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