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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

      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.

    • HEADLINES: North Carolina

      Art Pope rejects UNC system's budget proposal

      The Times-News | March 5, 2014

      Art Pope, the state budget director, has kicked the UNC system's budget proposal back to the Board of Governors for a rewrite, saying it "simply is not realistic."

    • HEADLINES: Kentucky

      Proposed state budget would divert $76 million away from cash-strapped student aid programs

      The Lexington Herald-Leader | by Linda B. Blackford | February 26, 2014

      Kentucky lawmakers diverted more than $100 million in lottery proceeds away from state financial aid programs for college students since 2009, and might take an additional $76 million over the next two years.

    • HEADLINES: Washington

      Washington Senate budget would add money for schools

      The Spokesman-Review | by Jim Camden | February 25, 2014

      Public schools would get more money for math and science supplies and state colleges would keep tuition from going up in a proposal released by Washington Senate budget writers.

    • HEADLINES: Missouri

      Some Missouri education funding still shy of past peaks

      The Kansas City Star | by David A. Lieb | January 27, 2014

      The figures from Gov. Jay Nixon's budget look big. There's $84 million in new operating funds for state colleges and universities. A 15 percent increase for public school busing. An additional $600 each for thousands of low-income students receiving state scholarships.

    • HEADLINES

      Education spending balloons, but students in some states get more money than others

      Washington Post - GovBeat | by Reid Wilson | January 27, 2014

      There is disagreement within education circles over whether spending more money per pupil leads to better results. But there is no disagreement that the amount of money states spend on education has erupted in recent years.

    • HEADLINES: Kentucky

      Beshear proposes state budget that boosts school spending, cuts many other programs

      The Lexington Herald-Leader | by John Cheves | January 23, 2014

      Gov. Steve Beshear on Tuesday proposed a $20.3 billion, two-year spending plan for Kentucky that would return much of the state's lost funding for K-12 schools but nearly $100 million in cuts to much of the rest of state government.


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    • 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.

    • RESEARCH: Washington

      Higher Education in Washington

      Merely spending money is not enough - the question arises: is Washington getting good value for its public expenditures? Washington spends a lot on colleges, but relatively few of its citizens graduate from college. Moreover, the evidence suggests costs are rising rather significantly over time. Staffs are typically increasing faster than student enrollments. For all the concerns about inadequate state support heard from university leaders, the evidence shows Washington treats higher education more generously than most of its neighbors or other American states, while in some respects it may get less in results.

    • 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.”

    • SOLUTIONS

      10 Questions State Legislators Should Ask About Higher Education

      by Vicki Murray | January 28, 2011

      With shrinking budgets and growing demand for immediate solutions, lawmakers need to know what questions to ask and where to turn for fast, reliable information to make informed higher education policy decisions.

    • SOLUTIONS

      Performance Audit Tools for Higher Education

      by Harry Stille | January 28, 2011

      The time has come for openness and accountability in post-secondary education. The best way to achieve this is through performance audits, which look at all facets of an institution-from student input/outcome data to faculty process data to all aspects of financial data. This project is to develop areas of process for a Performance Audit Guide used to evaluate how public (and/or private) institutions use student, public, and donor funds to meet the institutions' primary missions.

    • SOLUTIONS

      25 Ways to Reduce the Cost of College

      January 28, 2011

      The Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP) identified 25 ways to reduce college costs and has produced an extensive book-length study to explore them.

    • SOLUTIONS

      State Investment in Universities: Rethinking the Impact on Economic Growth

      January 28, 2011

      This paper examines the broader economic studies that attempt to correlate expenditure with results. He finds that the results are not as favorable as they are often said to be, and he offers some explanations for why.

    • SOLUTIONS: New York

      Blueprint for a Better Budget

      April 9, 2010

      The document explains why and how New York state developed such massive budget deficits and identifies programmatic changes to begin closing the gaps, including privatization and competitive contracting, cost reductions and tax policy goals to promote economic growth.


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