Monday, February 28, 2011
My folks and I also often talk about the solutions we see for the money crunch. Wisconsin has a $3.6 billion shortfall this year. US military operations in Iraq are expected to cost $3.8 billion per month this year. Costs for US military operations in Afghanistan this year are projected to run $9.5 billion per month. In 2008, the cost of the Iraq war was approximately $16.5 billion per month.
States rely on many sources of federal funds. When war drains billions from the federal budget, states feel the sqeeze. Add to that the direct costs of war to state budgets -- Wisconsin National Guard troops sent abroad, health care costs of injured veterans and 130 Wisconsin troop deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Stop funding war. Schools will have everything they need.
photo by John Hart from the Wisconsin State Journal