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  1. Take care of yourself first, then you will be able totake care of students. There is mean things happenin’ in this land;There is mean things happenin’ in this land.Oh, the rich man boasts and brags,While the poor man goes in rags,There is mean things happenin’ in this land. Depression Chant, 1934 AFT New Mexico COPE

  2. Take care of yourself first, then you will be able totake care of students. Warren Buffett, one of the richest men in America said, “When people get outraged, politicians respond.” One rich man’s advice AFT New Mexico COPE

  3. Take care of yourself first, then you will be able totake care of students. Take Buffett’s advice Repeal tax cuts for richClose corporate tax loopholesRepeal HB 854Restore per-pupil unit funding cutsSave, create new jobs AFT New Mexico COPE

  4. Our plan • Tell all school employees… • What New Mexico’s lawmakers did • What President Obama did • What we must do: take direct action AFT New Mexico COPE

  5. What lawmakers did • Passed budget with… • $29.68 cut in per-pupil unit value funding • No money for schools’ higher utility bills, insurance costs • Higher employee retirement deductions • No cost-of-living increases AFT New Mexico COPE

  6. Why they cut education • Lawmakers said… • New Mexico has a deficit • Constitution prohibits deficits • They had no other choices AFT New Mexico COPE

  7. New Mexico’s deficit • Created by… • Lawmakers who cut state taxes which fund public education • Cut income taxes for the rich • Opened corporate tax loopholes • Balanced deficit with higher oil, gas revenues AFT New Mexico COPE

  8. New Mexico’s deficit • In 2008, energy prices collapsed • Oil, gas tax revenues dropped • $500 million budget deficit reappeared • Lawmakers refused to repeal tax cuts for the rich • Lawmakers refused to close corporate tax loopholes AFT New Mexico COPE

  9. Constitution doesn’tprohibit deficits • Article 9, Section 7 • “…The state may also contract debts to suppress insurrection and to provide for the public defense.” AFT New Mexico COPE

  10. Constitution prohibitseducation cuts • Article 12, Section 1 • “A uniform system of free public schools sufficient for the education of, and open to, all the children of school age shall be established and maintained.” AFT New Mexico COPE

  11. Lawmakerscut education’sshare of budget • 1982 – lawmakers responsible for public education per-pupil funding • 1986 – 51.6% • 1990 – 50.0% • 2000 – 47.0% • 2007 – 44.0% • 2008 – 43.3% • 2009 – 40.1% AFT New Mexico COPE

  12. Instead of education cuts • Five better choices • Repeal $500m in tax cuts for rich • Close $130m in corporate tax loopholes • Invest $7b Permanent School Fund • Invest $3b Severance Tax Fund • Invest Obama’s $3b - $1.8b stimulus AFT New Mexico COPE

  13. What others did • New York State Lawmakers • Repealed tax cuts for rich • Closed corporate tax loopholes • Increased budget spending • $1.75b for schools, colleges and universities • 5 percent increase AFT New Mexico COPE

  14. What our legislators did • New Mexico senators, representatives • Refused to repeal tax cuts for the rich • Refused to close corporate tax loopholes • Increased our retirement deductions • Banked President Obama’s stimulus • Cut per-pupil funding unit value $29.68 AFT New Mexico COPE

  15. What Obama said • “The last thing a government should do in a recession is to cut spending.” Georgetown University, April 14, 2009 AFT New Mexico COPE

  16. What Obama did • Sent stimulus to New Mexico • Additional $3b - $1.8b to… • Restore cuts in per-pupil funding unit value • Put 26,400 New Mexicans back to work • Save the economy from a depression AFT New Mexico COPE

  17. President Obama said… • “Spend this stimulus quickly and wisely to save jobs and create new jobs.” AFT New Mexico COPE

  18. Our plan • Tell all school employees • What our lawmakers did • What President Obama did • What we must do: take direct action AFT New Mexico COPE

  19. What is direct action ? • Strongly express our attitudes • Clearly communicate our positions • Tell lawmakers what we need AFT New Mexico COPE

  20. Direct action phase 1 • Sign petition • Take home • Family • Friends • neighbors AFT New Mexico COPE

  21. Direct action phase 2 ? • In Los Angeles, CA • Employees protest 7,000 job cuts AFT New Mexico COPE

  22. Direct action phase 3 ? Fighting for our student’s education • One-third of APS education assistants called-in sick last November AFT New Mexico COPE

  23. Direct action phase 4 ? Fighting for our student’s education • Go to Santa Fe when session begins • Stay at Capitol until lawmakers respond AFT New Mexico COPE

  24. Direct action phase 5 ? Fighting for our student’s education • Elect new lawmakers Nov. 2010 AFT New Mexico COPE

  25. Take care of yourself first, then you will be able totake care of students. Questions, answers,schedule meetings800-224-3270505-266-6638http://nm.aft.org Fight for what’s right. AFT New Mexico COPE