Today’s state budget crisis is as structurally deep as the Grand Canyon. I have watched this closely since 1991. It is the result of financial negligence in every budget adopted over two decades. It is insane that our budget has increased 255 percent since 1991. And we haven’t even paid all our bills along the way. To have $65 billion in unfunded liabilities, an amazing three and a half times our annual budget, and an increase of outstanding bonded debt from $9 billion to $21 billion since 1991, is criminal in my mind. And believe me folks, this is just getting started.
We, the students, feel as though the school lunches aren’t taken as seriously as they should be. The school lunches are only getting worse. Sometimes we are served uncooked meals. Sometimes the schools run out of lunch to serve the kids. It is unfair how all Hartford Public Schools get the same types of food.
Some say the measure of a civilization is how it treats its oldest, youngest, and most vulnerable citizens. In an era of overexposed, over-scheduled, overstimulated, overanxious, and ove-rstressed children, I’d say our civilization needs to take a long look in the mirror. It is time to restore childhood.