Saturday, October 1, 2016

Your Alma Mater’s Biggest Rival? Stingy State Government - JAMES CARVILLE, Daily Beast

Look at Wisconsin, for example, where the conservative governor, Scott Walker, has taken cheddar cheese grater to the higher ed budget. After he slashed $300 million from the University of Wisconsin system last year, the flagship campus in Madison had to fire 400 employees and cancel 320 courses. Or there’s Kansas, where the Koch Brothers’ sock-puppet, Sam Brownback, just welcomed all the Jayhawks back to school with a 5 percent education cut across the board. Then, there’s my alma mater, Louisiana State University. Thanks to Governor Bobby "Rebellion Is Brewing" Jindal, the school has lost 80 percent of its government funding over the past eight years. My daughter is beginning her freshman year there now, and by the time she finishes her mid-terms, there might not be a nursing program. This is happening all over the country.

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