Well, we now have a State budget for the next two years. While I certainly understand that we can’t spend what we don’t have at any level…personally or organizationally, or at the local, state or federal government level…budgets are still about priorities and what is most important at any given time.
With the passage of the State budget, resulting in a 30% reduction in state funding for technical colleges, along with strict limits on our ability to adjust the local property tax levy, I’m concerned about how we (and all educational systems) are going to support the kind of job growth our state leaders seem interested in generating.
The Oshkosh Northwestern editorial dated June 4, 2011, really hits the nail on the head. They are exactly right in using the headline, “Cutting technical colleges at odds with job growth.”