More Funding Formula Numbers
Even supposedly cold-hearted fiscal-conservatives are inclined to look at those numbers, scratch their heads, and wonder about the wisdom of cutting aid to Central Falls while increasing aid to Barrington? But that’s the kind of bizarreness you end up with when you try to distribute resources via bureaucratic formula.
- East Greenwich’s state aid would be cut by the full amount — $1,949,761 – to $0.
- Narragansett’s almost identical share, $1,897,159, would also drop to $0.
- Newport’s share would be cut by more than $11 million to $0.
- South Kingstown’s portion would be cut by more than $10 million to $0.
- Westerly’s would be cut by more than $6 million, to $0.
- Portsmouth’s aid would be cut by more than $6 million, to $0.
- Block Island’s aid would be cut by $106,345, to $0.
- Jamestown’s would drop by $531,908, to $0.
- Barrington…would actually see its state aid increase to $28,507, for a total amount of $2,628,033.
- Providence’s share…would soar under the proposed legislation, by nearly $50 million, leading to a total state aid of $243,784,089.
- Central Falls…would decrease by $2,553,047, for a total of $41,320,826.
On a broader level, it is disappointing that so many of our legislators see the role of government as fundamentally coercive, i.e. an engine for taking resources from one group of people, and give them to another that they like better, instead of cooperative effort to help people come together and solve problems.