Higher taxes, classroom funding dominate discussion

21 SHORT coffee hour

State Rep. Danny Short, R-Seaford, listens to a constituent at his January coffee hour.

SEAFORD – Funding inequities, which potentially shortchange some rural public school students, and the looming threat of higher state taxes were just two of the issues discussed at State Rep. Danny Short’s most recent monthly coffee meeting.

About 30 citizens and community leaders joined Rep. Short in Seaford for the Jan. 7 gathering at Seaford Pizza King Restaurant.

Using data available to the public, Rep. Short, R-Seaford, noted the often wide discrepancies that exist in per-student funding among Delaware’s public school districts.  Rep. Short said the issue needs attention and that he expects it to be discussed in the 2015 General Assembly session.

Higher taxes could also be debated in the legislature. State expenses have been rising faster than state revenue in recent years, and some legislators may see higher levies as the quick fix.

“I think we need first to look at ways we can spend existing revenues more efficiently before we ask anyone for one penny more,” Rep. Short said.

The one-hour “Coffee with Danny” meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at Pizza King on Stein Highway, beginning at 8 a.m.

The public is welcome to attend.

The coffee and the conversation are free.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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