Tuesday, December 26, 2017

#TXLEGE: Trib unintentionally illustrates how legislative "higher education funding" NEVER stops tuition hikes....

"As a dog returns to his own vomit,
So a fool repeats his folly."
Proverbs 26:11

From the Trib's 2017 in review write up on Higher Education; first item:
But as the legislative session wound on, the funding cuts kept getting smaller. By March, the Senate proposed cutting each school's appropriations by between 6 and 10 percent. By June, negotiations with the House led universities to fare better than many other areas of the state budget. Some schools even saw their funding increase. Though schools still warned that they were having trouble keeping up with growth and inflation, they acknowledged that their worst fears never materialized.
Third item:
When the 2017 legislative session began, Patrick listed halting tuition increases as one of his top priorities for the year. He got a bill through the Senate to freeze tuition, but the legislation died in the House. Soon after, tuition went up again Virtually all the major university systems in the state now have plans to impose some sort of tuition increase next school year.
Of course, some of us learned our lesson in 2015.

Furthermore, some of us warned the Texas Senate that this was exactly what would happen when they rubber stamped Governor Abbott's last round of Regent nominees.

Bottom Line: Until the Texas Senate plays hardball on Regent confirmations, nothing will change.

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