Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Defunding higher education

Inside Higher Education totes up state funding changes for higher education since 2009 and the results are disquieting. While the funding for this last year moves into positive territory, the defunding over five years is dramatically negative, and part of the picture of the systematic immiseration of the 99%.



1-Year % Change,
2013-14

5-Year % Change, 2009-14
STATES State $ Only State $ Only State $ Plus ARRA Funds
Alabama 2.4% -8.9% -8.9%
Alaska 3.6% 20.2% 20.2%
Arizona 3.5% -24.4% -33.3%
Arkansas -1.7% -4.0% -4.0%
California 10.0% 8.1% -5.8%
Colorado 6.1% -0.4% -18.5%
Connecticut 5.5% -3.4% -3.4%
Delaware 5.1% -6.7% -6.7%
Florida 17.6% -4.4% -4.4%
Georgia 6.2% -2.9% -3.6%
Hawaii 0.8% -14.4% -14.4%
Idaho 4.0% -10.0% -10.0%
Illinois 14.5% 35.1% 35.1%
Indiana 9.4% 6.7% 3.8%
Iowa 4.6% -9.9% -9.9%
Kansas -3.0% -4.3% -5.5%
Kentucky -0.6% -8.1% -8.1%
Louisiana -4.7% -34.4% -34.4%
Maine 1.9% 2.9% 0.4%
Maryland 9.0% 8.0% 8.0%
Massachusetts 10.8% -8.2% -12.1%
Michigan 3.8% -18.4% -18.4%
Minnesota 8.5% -8.6% -10.4%
Mississippi 5.3% -0.5% -0.5%
Missouri 2.6% -12.8% -12.8%
Montana 12.3% 9.4% 9.4%
Nebraska 4.3% 5.6% 5.6%
Nevada 3.1% -21.8% -21.8%
New Hampshire 27.3% -21.3% -21.3%
New Jersey 5.4% 0.3% 0.3%
New Mexico 4.7% -8.6% -8.6%
New York 4.0% 4.5% 4.5%
North Carolina -3.2% 1.3% -2.1%
North Dakota 19.2% 61.4% 61.4%
Ohio 2.3% -15.3% -15.3%
Oklahoma 1.0% -3.3% -3.3%
Oregon 8.7% -8.2% -15.1%
Pennsylvania -1.2% -18.2% -20.5%
Rhode Island 5.8% 2.8% 2.8%
South Carolina -0.6% -7.7% -7.7%
South Dakota 1.0% 4.7% -0.6%
Tennessee 9.1% 0.4% -4.6%
Texas 4.4% 8.4% 8.4%
Utah 6.6% 6.6% 2.6%
Vermont 3.3% 5.9% 5.9%
Virginia 3.5% -6.7% -6.7%
Washington 14.4% -13.2% -13.2%
West Virginia -5.6% -0.5% -0.5%
Wisconsin -4.2% -13.8% -13.8%
Wyoming -8.1% 7.7% 7.7%
Totals 5.7% -1.2% -4.1%
The numbers from my home state of Pennsylvania are particularly awful.
Read the whole story at IHE.

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