Governors in some states that have made deep cuts to K-12 education funding since the recession started are proposing to restore some of that funding next year. The proposals are a welcome departure from the relentless cuts of recent years. But, in a number of states, they would leave funding well below pre-recession levels. For example:
All of these governors could have done more to restore education funding, since none proposes to raise significant additional revenue.
States are in the midst of a long and uncertain recovery from the revenue collapse that followed the Great Recession, and it will take years before revenues reach levels adequate to sustain services at anywhere near pre-recession levels. If states really want to make up for the severe cuts of recent years without cutting into other critical services, they must consider raising additional revenues.