Sunday, August 16, 2015

Stop the Budget Cut Shell Game - Jackson Free Press

Budget cuts would further stymie any progress Mississippi has made in higher education, including here in Jackson, where Jackson State University and the University of Mississippi Medical Center are major drivers of the economy of the capital city and, therefore, the whole state. Around the state, Mississippi State University would lose almost $8 million in funding, the biggest cut to an institution, documents from the Legislative Budget Office show. Agency directors, many of whom are appointed to their highly political positions, revealed their immense displeasure with the prospect of potential cuts. One college official wrote that the effect of this reduction would "deny access to socio-economic disadvantaged Mississippians, further harming Mississippi's image and average educational attainment."

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