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Posted on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 : 12:54 p.m.

Report: Michigan cut 1/3 of higher education budget from 2008-2012

By Julie Baker

A report released Tuesday from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows that Michigan cut a third of its higher education budget from 2008-2012, Bridge Magazine reports.

The report shows that Michigan's rate of cutting (adjusted for inflation) is the 13th highest in the country.

The national average was a 28 percent cut, Bridge reported.

A proposed budget that passed Tuesday morning in a state House higher education subcommittee includes a 2.2 percent increase in higher education funding. However, it could punish universities like the University of Michigan that enter into labor contracts "under certain circumstances" prior to right-to-work legislation taking effect on March, 28, 2013, and don't achieve a 10 percent cost savings, previously reported.

U-M has entered into tentative agreements with the the institution's lecturers and nurses, so it could cost the school $41 million.

Read the Bridge Magazine story on MLive.


Evan Smith

Fri, Mar 22, 2013 : 7:16 a.m.

The funniest part is when the legislature pretends to be shocked by the fact that these universities keep on raising tuition. It doesn't take a genius to know that one way or another, the bills got to be payed.


Thu, Mar 21, 2013 : 8:42 p.m.

So the RTW law allows the state to penalize the UM if it does not cut the pay of the workers under contract by 10%. Sounds like National Socialism to me. Plus the bill makes UM disclose info about stem cell research. More dogmatic claptrap from the legislature. Nice thing is the UM already cut the $300M (the size of the state appropriation) from their general funds budget in the last several years. Might as well make UM private.


Thu, Mar 21, 2013 : 7:21 p.m.

How does the the cut to higher ed compare to cuts in K-12 over the same period?


Thu, Mar 21, 2013 : 6:37 p.m.

Anyone know how much of the K-12 School Aid Fun was funneled into higher education under Snyder?

Audion Man

Thu, Mar 21, 2013 : 6:14 p.m.

We don't need no book learnin'.


Fri, Mar 22, 2013 : 5:19 p.m.

All we's be needing is to work!


Thu, Mar 21, 2013 : 5:52 p.m.

Did any teachers get a pay cut because of this?

Dog Guy

Thu, Mar 21, 2013 : 5:21 p.m.

Is there a list of state universities to be closed because of these cuts?