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Posted on Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 7:04 p.m.

Michigan among 30 states to increase funding to higher education

By Cole Bertsos

A recent survey showed Michigan to be among 30 states increasing appropriations for higher education during the fiscal year, according to a story on MLive.

The survey originally appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education and was conducted by Illinois State University and State Higher Education Executive Officers.

The report said Michigan ranked 10th among the 30, with a 3.1 percent increase. The largest increase, which was 13.7 percent, occurred in Wyoming.

Read the story.



Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 12:12 p.m.

UM is the LAST univ that needs ANY additional state money... How many BILLIONS do they have invested? and how many hundreds of millions do they spend each year or two on new buildings? what a joke...

Susie Q

Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 11:53 a.m.

This is similar to what Snyder and the Republicans have done to K-12 public education . After a HUGE cut for the 2011-12 school year (and many smaller cuts during the Granholm era), there was a tiny increase for the 2012-13 school year, which was not enough to prevent larger class sizes and more cuts. Now the Lansing folks are talking about funding cuts again for the 2013-2014 school year. Oh yeah, but the "job creators" got HUGE tax cuts and the regular folks got big tax increases.

Claude Kershner

Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 10:21 a.m. adding funding to education isn't a good thing? Putting the Michigan financial house in order wasn't a priority? Adjusting state spending to a manageable level wasn't responsible leadership? In my house if we don't have money on things we need/want we do without or cut our spending until we have the means to again purchase them. Do i wish the funding was higher? Of course! But I much prefer a state budget which is effectively managed and an increase to educational funding In line with what the state can now afford.


Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 4:21 a.m.

SNYDER CUTS HIGHER EDUCATION FUNDING BY 15 PERCENT is the title of a February 17, 2011 article appearing in The Michigan Daily News by Bethany Biron. The first paragraph reads: "Republican Gov. Rick Snyder announced his proposed budget for the 2012 fiscal year in Lansing yesterday, outlining substantial cuts in government spending, including a 15-percent decrease in higher education funding." and further into the article: "Snyder's proposed 15-percent reduction is more than five times greater than the 2.8-percent cut in state appropriations for public universities in the 2011 fiscal year." So the 3.7-percent increase declared for 2013 is paltry and insufficient. Governor Snyder should also show some consideration for the 411,000 Michigan citizens that remain unemployed. No kudos or credit earned here.

Jeff Gaynor

Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 1:22 a.m.

From the MLive article: "And, the study noted, the one-year increase comes after Michigan funding for higher education declined by 21.5 percent over the past five year. That was the 11th biggest decline in the country."