Illinois and Everyone Else

Disaster collaps-italism at its worst.

It’s impossible to examine state higher education finances in 2016 without separating the collapse in Illinois from a more nuanced picture across the rest of the country.

State and local support for higher education in Illinois plunged as the state’s lawmakers and governor were unable to reach a budget agreement and instead passed severely pared-down stopgap funding.

But no, state lawmakers and the governor were not “unable” to reach an agreement. Rather, lawmakers were unwilling to bend over and take Rauner’s union-busting agenda up the budget.

This tendency to lay blame on “both sides” for Rauner’s historically unprecedented slash-and-sell scheme is unnerving — and a little disappointing to see in Inside Higher Ed.

Read the full article here.

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