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On this day in 1944, FDR signed the G.I. bill. The bill provided unemployment insurance for returning servicemen, low interest home and business loans, and (most importantly) funding for education.
Only a small percentage of the money set aside for unemployment insurance was ever used. but the investment in education led to an economic boom that lasted for 30 years after the end of WWII.
If you move forward to today, the states that spend the most (per pupil ) on education have the highest per capita income. The states that fund education at the lowest level (and Arizona is the worst) lag far behind other states (like Minnesota) in both per capita income and job growth.
Governor Ducey's latest budget just cut $119 million from higher education, and Scott Walker's budget cut an astounding $300 million from higher education (but left room to spend $250 million for a new arena for a losing basketball team)..
It's a proven fact that tax cuts do NOT spur economic growth (and Brownbackistan is just one example) - but Rand Paul wants to cut Federal taxes by $2 trillion.
For the Republican Party to have any credibility at all, it needs to take lessons from the past - and the G.I. bill is a good place to start.