Friday, July 27, 2007

Stealing Our Funds


I've been doing some research lately an came across and interesting news story in the Austin American Statesman about college tuition. Of course headlines about college tuition always catch my eye and I found out some interesting information. It looks as if college tutition will be rising once again in the near future due to an action by our current governor. The article I found was regarding Rick Perry vetoing $154 million in state funding for community colleges. Due to Rick Perry's veto, it will force community colleges to increase tuition, restrict enrollment, and it will lead to a signficant increase in local taxes.

Fortunately, Leutinenant Governor David Dewhurst is standing up for community colleges and demanding the $154 million in state funding. Dewhurst proclaimed, "I've had enough of this, I want to see $154 million go back to our community colleges." He is also joined in this battle by the Speaker of the House Tom Craddick. The legistlative board will be convening in the near future to discuss this issue. I am completely outraged that governor Perry would take this money away from the community colleges. As previously stated, community colleges have decided that without this funding they will be forced to increase tuition and restrict enrollment. Governor Perry is always stressing the importance of education, but at the same time he is dening funding to our educational institutions. Increasing the cost of a college education only discourages people from continuing their education and places an even greater financial burden upon students.
Full Article: http://www.statesman.com/search/content/region/legislature/stories/07/26/0726highered.html

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