Even as higher ed picks up a little steam in the Minnesota gubernatorial race, it’s getting some real attention in a number of the three dozen other races across the nation — and is a key issue in three other states: Ohio, California and Florida.
But whereas increased higher ed spending is being pushed by a number of candidates as a way to boost their states’ economic recovery, the Chronicle of Higher Education notes Minnesota’s emphasis on cutting it:
But in other races, candidates say wasteful spending in higher education could be cut to help states cope with budget shortfalls. Minnesota’s Republican candidate, Tom Emmer, has proposed cutting $300-million from the state’s higher-education budget, a reduction that equals about 10 percent of this year’s allocation. He cited excessive administrative bureaucracy at Minnesota’s colleges and universities.
Read more from the Chronicle report here.