The lessons of ’99

Matt Wysocki has a thoughtful post on the Chamber Insider blog about the importance of understanding what went wrong in the 1999 MCCSC school-funding referendum. He points out that the vote fell short even in Bloomington, where Democrats virtually swept city elections. Obviously it’s a mistake to assume that, if people are “liberal” and vote Democratic, that they will automatically vote to increase property-tax funding for public schools. One thing that seemed to be missing in 1999 was an aggressive, organized get-out-the-vote campaign on behalf of the referendum. School supporters can’t afford to make that mistake this year.

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