The Star’s recent article reporting that both Kansas and Missouri are receiving an F in college affordability is no surprise (12/3, A-1. “College burden piled on families”). But don’t expect things to get better.
The recent call for a possible 15 to 25 percent cut in the higher education budget is going to devastate public higher education and make college even less affordable. This after Missouri colleges and universities have already drastically cut spending after recent cuts in state funding.
How is it that in tough financial times we have tax dollars to spend on tax breaks and bailouts for big corporations, yet can’t fund higher education so that it’s affordable? How is it that we reward the people who created the economic crisis while hurting the very people who are already in pain?
One of the reasons is that many lawmakers believe that higher education is a private good and they would want nothing better than to see public education privatized. Then only the children of the well off will be going to college. That’s not the way forward.