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Within the last few weeks I have learned that beginning the next school year my take-home pay will be cut no less than $5,000.00 per year. We took a cut in pay at the beginning of this school year, too, but it was not this significant. When we took the cut last school year, they closed several schools and increased everyone's work load. They said this would make up the deficit they were facing, but each year the state cuts more and more funding to public schools. The bills that are currently before the state legislation, if passed, will cut my pay more than IN HALF - half of what I will be making next year after this take-home pay cut in excess of $5,000.00. I would then be making about 40% of what I made during the 2009-2010 school year.

Even if the current legislation fails, $5000 is a significant loss to me, especially considering that inflation continues to spiral out of control.

Certain legislators in Indiana have left the state in an effort to stop this and other legislation like it, which would similarly affect skilled laborers and all public employees in the state, but I no longer hold out any hope that their efforts will be even slightly successful. I attended a legislative breakfast last week-end in my voting district. Several legislators who support this legislation were there speaking. At this breakfast they stated that if the absent legislators return to the state, even though many of the bills they wrote have died because of missing time-lines, they will simply "gut" what few bills remain eligible to be voted on and replace them with the language from the bills that "died" during this legislative impasse. They stated emphatically that the voters of the state elected them on this platform, and they intend to see it carried out. If they believe they campaigned honestly on this agenda, they have deluded themselves.

I am aware that this is not a political forum, and I am bringing this up here only because I need to explain a decision I have made. Due to the fact that I will be loosing at least what is to me a significant amount of income next school year, I have decided to rehome Ashlynn, my grey. She is the youngest of my birds, except for my daughter's parrotlet. She was hatched in July, so she can still be considered very young. She eats as much by herself as my other six birds combined. Her toy needs cost more. This is a hard decision for me. I am very attached to her. However, I believe this needs to be done now, before I get into some sort of financial stress related to the birds. I feel this is the time to rehome her, before she is a year old. Many birds have not even been placed into their first home at this age. My bird store has agreed to rehome her for me. I will also be rehoming my two youngest llamas right away.

Regarding my pets, my greatest fear is that I will not have enough income to even take care of the old and infirm pets I have - or the ones noone else would want. If my salary is cut in half, I will loose more than my pets, but at that time I will hopefully be able to find good homes for my younger pets. I do worry, however, about our fifteen year old blind llama, our fifteen year old dachshund, and our ten year old poodle.

I wish things were different, but this is, in my opinion, the most responsible action. Even if the legislators who have left this state succeed in killing this legislation this year, there is no election between now and the next legislative session. The legislators who are pushing these bills will simply enact them during the next legislative session in 2012. I heard the ones from my voting district promise to do so with my own ears.
 

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Oh nanay that's so awful to hear. I'm really sorry to hear it :( I really hope that she finds a great new home and that your llamas do too, you know if I was there I'd gladly have them for you. It must be dreadful. Are you going to rehome your other birds too or is just your grey? I really hope everything goes okay...
 
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Daisy,
Right not I am only rehoming Ashlynn and the two younger llamas. I would only rehome the others if I could not provide for their needs. I want them to be properly taken care of.
 

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Oh Donna, I am so sorry...:hug:
 
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I totally understand. I just hope you can find them good homes
 
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Oh Nanay I am sorry to hear this. I work in public schools also. I am an ed. Assistant, general not special ed. I have 15 years in. Our situation is not as dire as in Indiana, but I no longer do what I was hired for, which is assisting in class in all subjects, especially reading. Every year the district cuts more programs and positions. I wait into the summer to hear if I have a placing every year. Kids are really not our first priority in this country. It gets worse every year doesn't it?

So are you looking for more work to fill the gap? I hate to hear you're rehoming Ashlynn and your llamas. Maybe you can find someone who would like to share Ashlynn with you? I know it sounds funny, but some folks lease horses. Is that the right term? Arrgghhh, I do hope you are going to be ok and this all works out.
 

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I have a friend whom I have offered Ashlynn to first, but she may not be able to take her. If she isn't, the bird store will rehome her for me, and they will find her a great home. I am so depressed that I can't even look at Ashlynn most of the time. I hold her sometimes, but I dont' want to hold her much. It will be better for her once she is in her new home.
 

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Oh nanay, that sounds so sad :(
 
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I know this has got to have been a very hard decision to make. I'm sorry you are having to do this. I myself just had to rehome my grey who was also still young recently because she was too aggressive with my kids.
 

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I'm so sorry to hear about this. Having to rehome your beloved pets on top of the pay cut must be devastating for you. I know you are doing what is best for your pets, making sure they are well cared for, but it's just so sad.

My thoughts are with you.
 
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Thank you, all. I am sorry to hear about your grey being too aggressive. We will all be fine as soon as we adjust. I just wish I had known all of this earlier, before I picked her out and all, but I will always have known her, so that is a blessing, too.
 

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I'm so sorry Nanay. I can understand your decision, I know it was a hard one. I think you're doing the right thing even as hard as it is. I hope you find the right home for her and your Llamas. It would kill me to have to make a decision like this.
 

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I really want to change my mind. I felt so right about the decision when I made it, but she is really sweet. :(

My friend doesn't know if she will take her yet or not. She wants a grey, but doesn't want to get in over her head.
 

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Maybe you should wait until you know for sure what is going to happen? Have you thought about going to another school district or maybe to a private school to work? I hope that everything works out and you don't have to re-home her.
 

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Donna, you CAN change your mind. You can always rehome her later, if things get really difficult.
 

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I have been thinking about you Nanay, since you posted. My heart goes out to you in this situation. I pray you find a way to keep her and those llamas! I would love to see some pics and hear about your llamas.
 

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Sorry to hear of you troubles, Nanay. It would break my heart to part with my birds. I hope things work out for you. When ever there are budget cuts it is always the public service sector that gets hit first - Health care, education. Blah! I hope things work out for you and often things do have a way of working themselves out. Good luck!
 
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