When you think about how state legislators will tackle the daunting task of balancing the state budget, you can kind of understand that it will mean that state provided services and items will probably have to age some as repairs and replacements are put off for better days. But one thing that does not make sense to let age is our kids' school textbooks. Funding for replacement textbooks – some that are more than 10-years old – was not included in the first round of budget expense items. This is a high value target for lawmakers forced to consider cutting billions from the state budget. Current textbook funding stands at 500-million dollars. But there is obviously a price to having our kids learn from aging materials. Think about advances in science and history that will be omitted. It is almost laughable that this would not be included in the first budget proposal, which leads me to believe that it will be negotiated in. It also is starting to appear that lawmakers are preparing tax payers for some big increases in fees that we will all pay instead of tax increases. So get ready. You can let your lawmaker know that this type of posturing is not acceptable and using our children's educations as a pawn in this game is not acceptable.