Doing the people’s business is actually, really hard. But freeloading Republicans are making it easy on themselves by just making draconian cuts. That way, they don’t have to spend much time working on a well thought out solution.
The UW has taken big cuts. Why, because it was easy, and Republicans have never liked those liberal bastions of learning anyway.
jsonline: Wisconsin’s public universities face the third-largest budget cuts in the country this year, according to an annual survey of higher-education funding, though University of Wisconsin officials say the figures might overestimate the cuts here. Public funding for the state’s universities dropped 20.9% from $1.46 billion to $1.15 billion.
But instead of sound analysis, or even providing one good reason why those cuts were made, Rep. Robin Vos punts! Vos chose to blame everyone else for the bad decisions he’s made:
State Rep. Robin Vos (R-Rochester), co-chairman of the Joint Finance committee, said the federal government is at fault for large cuts to the UW System and other state agencies because of a mandate requiring states to avoid cuts in Medicaid. That made cuts to other state agencies worse, he said.
That’s right, blame Obama. But the Republican budget is built on sand and relies exclusively on a recovering economy. That’s it? Oh yeah, no tax increases. Good luck with that.
If state revenue is looking better in figures that will be reported to the Legislature in mid-February, cuts to the UW System and other state agencies won't have to be as steep, Vos said.
Vos has a way to save millions.
Vos said that can be done by providing the universities with more efficient technology, encouraging students to get degrees in fields that produce immediate employment and bringing employees into the UW System who work efficiently.
Gee, why hasn’t anyone tried that before? Because they have?