Instead, that money – which is directly derived from the taxes we ourselves pay – is now going to schools in the other 49 states, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. South Carolina is the only one left out of the picture.
And after recent final notice from the U.S. Dept. of Education, Zais finalized that rejection with bitterness, claiming that last contact to be example of “wasted taxpayers’ resources(.)”
But where does that leave us South Carolina taxpayers, who are the source of that $149 million? This rejection of our own tax money to our own schools (which are currently operating at their lowest budget in 20 years and at risk of massive layoffs) is nothing but a prime example of “wasted taxpayers’ resources” in and of itself.
And who says we have to take it lightly? While it certainly leaves us and our children (not to mention the future of our state) hanging dry, it doesn’t have to leave us silent.
That’s why you’ll find documents on this page that you can download and submit to Zais as a billing statement to recover your loss.
That’s right – a bill. It was your money he threw away, after all. And you have every right to request it be returned to you.
Here's the body of its content:
“According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census in its most recent data from 2010 surveys, the total population of South Carolina is 4,625,364. (For confirmation, please see: http://2010.census.gov/news/pdf/cb11cn112_sc_totalpop_2010map.pdf)
As a result, the $149 million in federal funding offered to our state’s public schools amounts to $32.21 per South Carolina resident.
Following your rejection of this funding, which is derived directly from the income taxes we South Carolinians pay to the federal government, I am left with no other choice but to seek personal compensation of those now-lost funds, which we recently learned are going to benefit all other states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia instead of our own.
This submission, then, is a bill. I now find you and your office to owe me the $32.21 of my tax dollars you decided to waste and give away.”
The billing statement (available in both the 07 and 03 versions of MS Word) can be downloaded right here. The submission address is included on the document, too, and even a clippable statement for him to include with his payment. All you have to do is add your name and address, along with the date of submittal.