Senior Policy Analyst
Program Director, State Policy Fellowship Program
With the recession behind them, many states are reinvesting in their higher education systems, though funding remains far below pre-recession levels. A handful of states, however, have dug deeper budget holes with tax cuts — holes that they’re looking to their already beleaguered colleges and universities to help them fill. For example:
These cuts may result in more tuition increases, reductions in faculty and administrative staff, cuts to course offerings, and other programmatic cuts that may lessen quality for students. As the economy continues to recover and revenues bounce back, states would do well to reject costly and ineffective tax cuts and instead reinvest additional resources into higher education and other important budget priorities.