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posted by King Minos in In The News

Higher Education Goes Begging?

November 26, 2012

Last Sunday in the ABH, a reporter published relevant sections of University PR documents seeming to indicate declining state support for UGA over the last decade. I say "seeming" because the numbers show that while fewer state dollars were spent there, other sources of funds saw the total spending increase by nearly 50 percent!

AGAIN, these are University System numbers, and they have a great incentive to fudge numbers and mis account for dollars so as to put the heat, now, on state house leaders. For all the King knows, the data were manipulated to show a decline in state taxpayer support!

AS IS, Mr. Huckaby's lament will be this: "Since passage of the state lottery bill, our legislators have back-slid in their support of higher education in the state of GA! Whereas once the lottery proceeds were to be put in a "lock box," -- intended only to improve education in GA -- successive General Assemblies have repeatedly lowered state support for the University System by treating the lottery programs as part of general revenues in direct violation of the spirit and stated intent of the original lottery legislation. As a result, higher education in GA today has become less accessible, and more elitist; and the reputation and quality of the entire system now sits upon a precipice!"

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