VIEW FROM WEST DAVENPORT
By MIKE ZAGATA • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
You might read the headline and ask, “How can something that is free have a cost. First of all, nothing is really free. That includes the free lunches at school, the free grants the City of Oneonta receives from time to time to pay consultants or deploy flower pots, and free college education.
A public school education is free to the students who attend grades one through 12 yet, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, New York spent an average of $22,366 per pupil at its public schools in 2016 – 90 percent above the national average.
Are those things really free? Governor Cuomo is running a $2 billion budget deficit this year alone and the federal government has accumulated a national debt of $82 trillion ($60 trillion of which is tied to unfunded pensions).