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State and local public colleges and universities educate more than 70 percent of the students enrolled in this country’s degree-granting institutions, according to the State Budget Task Force.  It is no surprise, then, that higher education allocations accounts for 10 percent of state total expenditures, according to the National Association of State Budget Officers. Higher education budgets are attractive options for governors and lawmakers who need to cut down on their state's spending.

 

 

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    • HEADLINES: Louisiana

      Louisiana House gives final passage to $24.6B state budget

      NOLA.com | May 30, 2014

      The Louisiana House gave final passage Friday to a $24.6 billion budget to finance state government operations next year, agreeing to the version written by the Senate.

    • HEADLINES: Louisiana

      Proposal seeks to plug holes in state budget

      The Shreveport Times | by Mike Hasten | May 21, 2014

      Spending needs have changed since Louisiana's 2013-14 budget was adopted a year ago, leaving holes in the plan, and some things ended up being overfunded, providing money to plug those holes.

    • HEADLINES: Illinois

      Illinois college retirement board OKs pension fix

      The Belleville News Democrat | by David Mercer | May 9, 2014

      The board of the State Universities Retirement System voted Thursday to accept an interpretation of last year's state-pension reform law that says the law won't inadvertently cut university retirees' pensions.

    • HEADLINES: Michigan

      Michigan Senate advances state budget legislation

      Minbcnews.com | May 7, 2014

      The Michigan Senate has approved parts of a 2015 budget that would increase funding for higher education by 7 percent.

    • HEADLINES: Colorado

      Colorado Governor Signs Budget With Increased Education Spending

      Businessweek | by Jennifer Oldham | May 1, 2014

      The budget, which includes federal funds, is about a 20 percent increase over the $21 billion allocated for fiscal 2014, which ends June 30.

    • RESEARCH: Tennessee

      2011 Tennessee Pork Report

      The Tennessee Center for Policy Rsearch and Citizens Against Government Waste | by Justin Owen, Christopher Butler, & Ryan Turbeville | December 2, 2011

      The sixth-annual Tennessee Pork Report is chock-full yet again, of waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement of taxpayer money by state and local government officials. Despite a changing political landscape in Tennessee, wasteful government spending has not disappeared.

    • RESEARCH

      The Inmates Running the Asylum?

      Center for College Affordability and Productivity | by Andrew Gillen, Daniel L. Bennett and Richard Vedder | February 8, 2011

      An evaluation of the current system of higher education accreditation as well as proposed reforms on all of the most important dimensions and demonstrates how public policies addressing one issue can create or exacerbate problems in others.

    • RESEARCH: Missouri

      Show Me

      The American Council of Trustees and Alumni | by A Report Card on Public Higher Education in Missouri | February 8, 2011

      In some cases, the institutions of higher education in Misouri are doing a great job; in others, not so well. The purpose of the report is not to be punitive, but to address ways higher education in Missouri can be more accountable and transparent. The report is designed to showcase information and data of interest to students, parents, alumni, and taxpayers.

    • RESEARCH: Minnesota

      At a Crossroads

      Are students learning the things they need to know? Is there a healthy exchange of ideas? Are trustees upholding the public trust? Are taxpayers getting a good value for their money? These are the kinds of questions to which the people of Minnesota deserve answers. It is the goal of this report card to provide answers and to help Minnesota—a state rightly known for its passion for education—be a national standard bearer for excellence, accountability, and efficiency in higher education.

    • RESEARCH

      A Report Card on Public Higher Education in Illinois

      At the most basic level, the course on which Illinois' public universities find themselves is unsustainable. Costs are rising too quickly, and quality is not high enough.

    • SOLUTIONS: Texas

      Texas poised to become national model for higher ed reform

      The Austin American-Statesman | by Thomas K. Lindsay | January 14, 2013

      Texas is well-placed to build on existing strengths relative to other states in the areas of tuition costs, student loan indebtedness and civic education requirements. Moreover, our legislators and universities have committed to increasing graduation rates, online learning opportunities and accountability in public higher education.

    • SOLUTIONS: North Dakota

      Moving Forward

      The North Dakota Policy Council | November 29, 2011

      A guide to needed reforms in pensions, taxes and higher education, among other areas, with  two types of goals that are important when working towards limiting government: long-term policy objectives that show the end-game goals and short-term policies that steer public policy towards the long-term goals. This guide provides both.

    • SOLUTIONS: Washington

      Top 10 Ideas to Cut Waste, Balance the Budget and Stimulate the Economy Without Raising Taxes

      The Freedom Foundation | by Amber Gunn | November 4, 2011

      Ten ideas to cut waste and balance the buget without raising taxes, including more efficient K-12 funding, spending high education tax dollars more wisely and rein in state employee salaries and benefits.

    • SOLUTIONS: Oregon

      Budget solution report offers 100 ideas

      The Taxpayer Foundation of Oregon | November 3, 2011

      In light of Oregon facing a budget crisis, the Taxpayer Foundation has issued a master list of budget balancing ideas that do not require raising taxes. These ideas have been collected from Oregon lawmakers, think tank groups, taxpayer organizations, unions, policy analysts, Democrats, Republicans and even ideas utilized in states across the nation.

    • SOLUTIONS: Oklahoma, Indiana

      Ten Budget Reforms for 2012

      Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs | by Jonathan Small | August 4, 2011

      Establish limited priorities for Oklahoma’s state government. Once limited priorities are set, everything else should be considered according to these priorities. The state currently has hundreds of agencies, boards, and commissions; it’s no wonder there is chronic overspending and regular “revenue shortfalls.”

    • HEADLINES: Louisiana

      Louisiana House gives final passage to $24.6B state budget

      NOLA.com | May 30, 2014

      The Louisiana House gave final passage Friday to a $24.6 billion budget to finance state government operations next year, agreeing to the version written by the Senate.

    • HEADLINES: Louisiana

      Proposal seeks to plug holes in state budget

      The Shreveport Times | by Mike Hasten | May 21, 2014

      Spending needs have changed since Louisiana's 2013-14 budget was adopted a year ago, leaving holes in the plan, and some things ended up being overfunded, providing money to plug those holes.

    • HEADLINES: Illinois

      Illinois college retirement board OKs pension fix

      The Belleville News Democrat | by David Mercer | May 9, 2014

      The board of the State Universities Retirement System voted Thursday to accept an interpretation of last year's state-pension reform law that says the law won't inadvertently cut university retirees' pensions.

    • HEADLINES: Michigan

      Michigan Senate advances state budget legislation

      Minbcnews.com | May 7, 2014

      The Michigan Senate has approved parts of a 2015 budget that would increase funding for higher education by 7 percent.

    • HEADLINES: Colorado

      Colorado Governor Signs Budget With Increased Education Spending

      Businessweek | by Jennifer Oldham | May 1, 2014

      The budget, which includes federal funds, is about a 20 percent increase over the $21 billion allocated for fiscal 2014, which ends June 30.

    • HEADLINES: Florida

      $75B state budget ready for late Friday approval

      Tallahassee.com | by Bill Cotterell | April 30, 2014

      Florida legislators moved their $75-billion state budget package into position for adjournment of their election-year session Tuesday and revived a politically sensitive plan for letting undocumented immigrants get in-state tuition in state colleges.

    • HEADLINES

      Lawmakers Jockey Over Budget Surpluses

      Stateline | by Elaine S. Povich | April 22, 2014

      According to NASBO, Kentucky and many other states have put the emphasis on restoring funding to education this year. A still incomplete survey of states showed that the vast majority are increasing elementary and secondary education funding, along with transportation and infrastructure.

    • HEADLINES: Ohio

      Provisions on higher education in state budget review pass Ohio House

      The Cleveland Plain Dealer | by Sam Howard | April 10, 2014

      Provisions in House Bill 484 would make funding for state community, community and technical colleges incentivized based on student success. Rep. Cliff Rosenberger said the bill would help Ohio lead the nation in tying funding to academic performance.

    • HEADLINES: Arizona

      State budget deal sealed

      Arizona Daily Sun | by Howard Fischer | April 8, 2014

      State lawmakers approved a $9.23 billion budget for the coming fiscal year Monday as Senate Republicans agreed a spending plan higher than they had originally wanted but still less than sought by Gov. Jan Brewer.

    • Kentucky

      Senate's state budget cuts debt and building projects, adds cash for universities

      Kentucky.com | by John Cheves | March 25, 2014

      The Kentucky Senate passed its version of the $20.3 billion, two-year state budget on Monday, containing more cash for state universities but less debt and fewer building projects than the House version approved last week.