Thursday, March 14, 2013

Get the government out of higher education

Jarrett Skorup has a thought provoking column with Five Reasons The Government Shouldn’t Subsidize Higher Education.

Jarrett starts the columns with:

When the government is in the business of handing out money, interest groups lobby to get it — or advocate to receive more than they are already getting.

So it is with spending on higher education.

As the Michigan Legislature debates the state budget for the upcoming fiscal year, more money for preschool, college and everything in between is being proposed. Over the long-term, the funding for those areas has increased dramatically. Taxpayers should be skeptical of the current reasons for subsidizing universities further.

I think it would be good for most states to take a hard look at how much money gets handed over to higher education.

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