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May 7

posted May 7, 2013, 5:03 AM by Peter Knowles
Day 63--

Learning Target ImageWhat will I be able to do when I've finished this lesson?How will I  accomplish this task?  How will I show that I have done this?How well will I have to do this?
 I will be able to understand how state governments collect money to pay for the services they provide.I will use the textbook to learn about the many different ways states collect funds to pay for their budget items. I will turn in my assignment at the end of class.This is a formative assessment and will help me with my summative assessments in this assessment cycle.
You had homework due today, but many didn't finish yesterday's fill-in-the-blank outline assignment, so we'll hold off talking about it until tomorrow:
In the Courtroom (25.3) pages 672-674; Questions 1, 3, 4, 5
If you already completed it, great; you don't have homework tonight. If you didn't, you've got an extra day to complete it. 

Last Thursday, we looked at what services state governments provide and how they provide them. We saw that each state has its own budget priorities, and provides many different services to its residents. 
Yesterday, we looked at where states get the revenue to provide all those services. 
In an ideal world, those two sides would balance, making all the services provided by a state easy to pay for. 
But it doesn't always work out that way. 

If you've finished yesterday's assignment (and you've finished correcting your copy that you turned in, if necessary), you might want to see how difficult that balancing act can be; Try your hand at balancing the state budget. What would you cut? What would you keep?

If you've completed those assignments and all the rest, take a look ahead to your research assignment for this unit. Keep looking for topics that deal with state, county, regional, or local issues where government decisions have been made. Your job, in short, is to:
1. Find a topic -- an action or decision of your local government (city, county, state) that has been in the news recently
2. Learn about the background of the decision or action 
-- What was the problem? What were the options? Who was impacted by the decision?
3. Explain your opinion on the government's action or decision 
-- Was it the right one? Will it address the problems as desired? Will it cause new ones?
Your finished paper is due 5/13.