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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

      LSU president, Regents chariman demand autonomy from state Legislature

      NOLA.com | by Quincy Hodges | August 22, 2013

      Higher education in Louisiana has become the sole source of balancing the state budget and that has to change, according to Louisiana Board of Regents Chairman Clinton "Bubba" Rasberry.

    • HEADLINES

      The 5 best and worst education stories for school year 2013-2014

      State Budget Solutions | by Joe Luppino-Esposito | August 21, 2013

      Summer is over for millions of teachers and students (and parents!) across the country. As classrooms and books are re-opened this fall, State Budget Solutions is here to teach a lesson on several education stories that will be talked about throughout the year. 

    • HEADLINES: Washington

      Tuition Freeze In Place At State Schools

      CBS Seattle | by Donna Gordon Blankinship | July 23, 2013

      The Washington state budget for the next two years provides a 14 percent increase for state colleges and universities along with preventing price hikes for one year for resident undergraduates at every state school.

    • HEADLINES: Ohio

      Governor's signature on Ohio budget does not mean the debate is over

      State Budget Solutions | by Joe Luppino-Esposito | July 22, 2013

      Ohio legislators might have gotten the state’s biennial budget to Governor John Kasich just before the fiscal new year, but that’s not the end of the budget story in Columbus. 

    • HEADLINES: Massachusetts

      Gas, cigarette taxes would rise in new state budget

      The Boston Globe | by Michael Levenson | July 2, 2013

      The budget relies on about $500 million in higher taxes on tobacco, gas, utilities and certain computer services that businesses purchase.

    • HEADLINES: New Hampshire

      Hassan Signs $10.7 Billion Bipartisan State Budget

      The Valley News | by Norma Love | July 1, 2013

      The budget does not authorize Gov. Hassan to expand Medicaid to 58,000 poor adults under the new federal health care law that calls for changes starting Jan. 1.

    • HEADLINES: New Jersey

      $32.9B NJ budget clears legislative committees

      Businessweek | by Angela Delli Santi | June 21, 2013

      The negotiated budget is similar to the one Gov. Chris Christie proposed in February.

    • HEADLINES: Kansas

      Kansas Legislature Passes Budget in Final Hours of Session

      KCUR.org | by Stephen Koranda | June 4, 2013

      Kansas Lawmakers wrapped up the 2013 session, narrowly passing a budget that reduces spending through major cuts, particularly to higher education.

    • HEADLINES: Michigan

      See details of Michigan's $49.5B state budget

      MLive.com | by Tim Martin | May 30, 2013

      It will soon be Gov. Rick Snyder’s turn to officially sign off on Michigan’s next state spending plan for schools and state departments.

    • HEADLINES: Florida

      Gov. Scott vetoes hundreds of millions from state budget

      The Miami Herald | by Toluse Olorunnipa and Tia Mitchell | May 20, 2013

      Scott's extensive veto list is more than twice as large as his list last year, and his largest since his first year in office. It slashed state spending from $74.5 billion to $74.1 billion.


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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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