Sen. Ben McAdams' bill to change the funding mechanisms for public education is a proposal with good ideas, of both substance and whimsy.
First, the whimsy. McAdams, a Democrat, has included a provision that he surely knows will never pass. SB54 would dedicate 30 percent of future increases in sales tax revenue to public education. If that sounds familiar, it's because the Republican super majority in the Legislature last year overrode a veto to earmark the same percentage of sales tax growth to transportation.
Providing education the same earmark, only fair for a public service at least as important as transportation, would tie the hands of future legislatures. The transportation earmark was misguided and never should have become law. If McAdams is serious in trying to convince Republican legislators that public education is as deserving of such an earmark, he is fantasizing.