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States in BUDGET CRISIS – The Washington Post

September 2, 2011

States in crisis

Facing major budget problems, governors around the nation are proposing cuts to education, health care and state employee benefits.

More than 40 states are projecting billions of dollars in budget shortfalls for fiscal 2012. But, unlike the federal government, most states have some sort of balanced-budget law. That means the shortfall — the gap between state revenues (taxes, fees, etc.) and the cost of running the government — must be closed before a state adopts its final budget for the year.

Budget Shortfalls

Underfunded Pension Liabilities

Proposed Major Cuts

Party in Power

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via States in budget crisis – The Washington Post.

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One Comment
  1. Milan Moravec permalink
    September 2, 2011 9:51 AM

    University of California Berkeley. Faculty raise in pay: students suffer.

    Every qualified student should get a place in the college/university system.” That’s a desirable goal for a public university. However, UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau displaces qualified Californians with $50,600 foreign and out-of-state students.

    UC tuition increases exceed the national average rate of increase. The University of California Board of Regents jeopardizes Californians attending higher education by making UC the most expensive public university in the United States.

    Self-serving tuition increases are used by UC President Mark Yudof to increase the pay of 80,000 eligible faculty and others. Payoffs like these point to higher operating costs and still higher tuition for Californians.

    I agree that faculty in higher education and senior management, like Yudof and Birgeneau, should consider the students’ welfare and put it high on their values.

    Deeds unfortunately do not bear out the students’ welfare values of senior management and the UC Board of Regents.

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