Monday, March 30, 2015

Is Illinois walking away from higher education? - Jim Nowlan, News Gazette

"Illinois is slowly walking away from higher education," laments one long-time state government insider. For the coming year, Gov. Bruce Rauner has proposed cutting direct appropriations for our public colleges and universities by almost $400 million, or about 20 percent. This after more than a decade during which direct funding to the public universities has been cut almost every year, certainly in inflation-adjusted terms. Unfortunately, state spending increases for pensions and the Medicaid health care program have been crowding out spending for higher education and social service programs.

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