Monday, February 21, 2005

"reverse Robin Hood" government

Capitol Fax points to a Daily Herald article (Mike Riopell) that says:
Tuition has risen 40 percent since 2002 as the state's support of higher education dropped 13 percent.

In fairness to Blagojevich the article does point out that this is "a fourth straight year of no funding increase for Illinois universities", so the trend started before RB took office.

Where's the money going? Health care and pensions, right?

Who loses when the state cuts higher education? How old are they? Who gets money spent on health care and pensions?

In the big picture these transfers of wealth are short-sighted. But they also represent "reverse Robin Hood" government. Many of the beneficiaries are older and rather wealthy. Many of the students and would-have-been students paying for these cuts are less wealthy.

I'm mad about this. Am I the only one?


Blogger Dr. Squid said...

OK, so this is off-topic, but Blagorgeous is so bloggable. Just because it happens in Southern Illinois doesn't mean it doesn't exist...

Blagojevich stadium plan benefits big Democratic donorSPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Even as Illinois struggles to make ends meet in its state budget, Gov. Rod Blagojevich wants to put $3 million toward a new baseball stadium in Marion, Ill., that would become the property of Metro East lawyer John Simmons, one of the state's biggest Democratic Party contributors.

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