A decade since the Great Recession hit, state spending on public colleges and universities remains well below historical levels. Overall state funding for public two- and four-year colleges in the school year ending in 2018 was more than $7 billion below its 2008 level, after adjusting for inflation. (See Figure 1.) In the most difficult years after the recession, colleges responded to significant funding cuts by increasing tuition, reducing faculty, limiting course offerings, and in some cases closing campuses.
The promise to past generations of students in America has been that if you work hard and strive, public colleges and universities will serve as an avenue to greater economic opportunity and upward mobility. For today’s students — a cohort more racially and economically diverse than any before it — that promise is fading.
Rising tuition threatens affordability and access leaving students and their families –– including those whose annual wages have stagnated or fallen over recent decades — either saddled with onerous debt or unable to afford college altogether. This is especially true for students of color (who have historically faced large barriers to attending college), low-income students, and students from non-traditional backgrounds. Higher costs jeopardize not only the prospects of those individual students but also the outlook for whole communities and states, which are increasingly reliant on highly educated workforces to grow and thrive.
To build a prosperous economy — one in which the benefits of higher education are broadly shared and felt by every community regardless of race or class — lawmakers will need to invest in high-quality, affordable, and accessible public higher education by increasing funding for public two- and four-year colleges and by pursuing policies that allow more students to pursue affordable postsecondary education. By doing so, they can help build a stronger middle class and develop the entrepreneurs and skilled workers a strong state economy needs.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) [2019 file photo].
On Twitter yesterday, directed at Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D):
Chris Geidner @chrisgeidner
Today is revealing who Pete is as clearly as anything else he’s done during this campaign, and it’s remarkably disappointing. This disingenuous BS is turning the Democratic vision of governing on its head. And both Pete and Lis know that, which makes it all the worse.
Lis Smith @Lis_Smith
If you think that a worker who didn’t go to college should pay for college for a CEO’s kid, then @PeteButtigieg isn’t your candidate. [….]
If you put Pete and Lis in the middle of any great moment of the expansion of the Democratic vision for America, today’s argument would have been not to do more and make America better, but too do less, and expect less, and be less.
All I keep doing is transporting Pete and Lis into the era of the New Deal and the Great Society and becoming more and more disappointed in this disingenuous line of attack.
A vision of providing for all—whether it be education, health care, retirement, social security, infrastructure, transit, libraries—means all. This vision of exclusion being pushed by Pete & Lis undermines the entire Dem governing argument for WHY government should provide these.
Dems arguing that those who want to provide a service to all are “paying for billionaires” is so dispiriting to see. Pete & Lis arguing for the merits of Pete’s proposal as more workable or realistic is one thing, but arguing that doing more is BAD is an awful Dem position.
It’s their argument that is turning, in my words, the Democratic vision of governing on its head — not Pete’s proposal in and of itself. That’s why I didn’t say anything about it until they decided to argue that doing more, covering all, was actually bad policy.
From Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s (D) campaign web site:
Freedom means access to affordable higher education.
While higher education remains a clear pathway for much of the middle class, for too many–particularly for students of color and low-income students–those paths are littered with hurdles. We must make public college truly debt-free for lower-income families. We will do this through a state-federal partnership that makes public tuition affordable for all and completely free at lower incomes–combined with a large increase in Pell Grants that provides for basic living expenses and keeps up with inflation. Middle-income families at public colleges will pay zero tuition.
We will cancel the debts of borrowers in low-quality, overwhelmingly for-profit programs and invest $50 billion in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority-Serving institutions (MSIs), which are critically important institutions that deserve more dedicated support.
Other Critical Policy Areas
Confront student loan debt
Provide more support for students entering public service
Ensure the highest degree of transparency and accountability for higher education institutions
Apply strict standards to for-profit higher education institutions
C190918 11/27/2019 Missourians for Healthcare Community Treatment Inc 227 Main Street Festus MO 63028 11/25/2019 $12,500.00
C190918 11/27/2019 Missourians for Healthcare Missouri Primary Care Association 3325 Emerald Ln Jefferson City MO 65109 11/27/2019 $50,000.00
C190918 11/27/2019 Missourians for Healthcare Missouri Primary Care Association 3325 Emerald Ln Jefferson City MO 65109 11/27/2019 $25,000.00
They’re for Medicaid expansion in Missouri:
Missourians for Healthcare – Active
PO Box 144
Jefferson City MO, 65102
Committee Type: Campaign
Established Date: 7/26/2019
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Detroit, MI – Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) issued the following statement in clarification of her interview with Charlie LeDuff:
“I was an early supporter for impeachment in 2017. The House Intelligence Committee followed a very thorough process in holding hearings these past two weeks. The information they revealed confirmed that this President has abused the power of his office, therefore I continue to support impeachment.
However, I am very concerned about Senate Republicans and the fact that they would find this behavior by the President acceptable.”
Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
The impeachment inquiry only highlights divides in our nation. It has prevented us from working together to deliver real results for hardworking people.
The election is 11 months away. Let the American people decide President Trump’s political future.
[….] 10:36 AM · Nov 26, 2019
The American people decided Donald Trump’s political future on November 6, 2018. Don’t you remember?
As usual, there was much hilarity in the responses:
No, Vicky, the impeachment inquiry highlights that trump is utterly corrupt and should be removed from office. Impeach, Convict, Remove! Then in November 2020, VOTE BLUE!
there is a criminal in the white house and he should be held accountable.
I decide… to impeach and remove Donald J. Trump from office.
But in the meantime u want us to turn a blind eye to the lawlessness of what he HAS done??
Sure sounds like that, don’t it?
@HouseGOP @FoxNews “Republicans hope lying will work better then their current start of defending the indefensible”
Vicky endorses trump’s crimes
It actually highlights the departure from truth and consequence by all @GOP. You’d have to be a fool to believe a word from @potus or any republican. Have a nice day, Vicky.
That’s the same as “bless your heart” if you live north of the river, right?
No, the highlights are that the American people are seeing the depth of corruption in our government, and not just from this administration, others also. The American people need to stand up for the constitution & hold even Presidents accountable, impeach and set the example.
That is not a defense.
– the gov’t has been divided since 2010
– trump & the GOP have made it worse
– 200+ bills waiting for
@senatemajldr to act
Got caught in the act. Withholding military aid in exchange for a personal favor is bribery (aka quid pro quo). Aid was released when the coverup scheme blew up
A crinimal potus who likens himself to Jesus Christ, compromises our national security and believes he is above the law, is what’s dividing our nation. My question is why doesn’t this bother you?
Lol. Nope. Trump for prison.
How about we respect rule of law and punish those not following it? Crazy idea, huh?
Where is your responsibility in check a branches abuse of power?
No. Goddammit. He is corrupt and I’m sick & tired of the GOP pretending he is not. His entire entourage are corrupt. Most have had to resign because of ethics violations. Others have gone to prison. This corrupt administration is insufferable. What happens when he defies SCOTUS?
by that time, it’ll be too late. Just watch.
“It has prevented us from working together.” SERIOUSLY? Are you high??? They have committed crimes!
That is a fatuous argument.
@realDonaldTrump is accused of cheating on the last election and attempting to cheat on the next election. Are we guaranteed that he won’t still try to cheat? No.
He can’t be trusted. Let the investigation finish, and probably #ImpeachAndRemove.
Had to look that one up. Heh.
this from the party who said “we’re going to make sure Obama is a one-term president”
working together, it seems is convenient when your party is on the defense
But, maybe their base is.
This is always your answer except if you had the chance to put another justice on the court your mantra would change. You continue to lie to the American people!
Please provide the name of the survey to which you are referencing? I believe the number were just released last night showing no change in the last 7 days. Naming your Source is the always best practice. Bills are moving forward to die in $ Moscow Mitch’s Graveyard.
Eat shit #welfarevicky
Well. That individual certainly has a strong opinion.
Sure vicky. Who cares if he broke the law. Nice concept
Impeachment or not, it is good to know what Trump is doing behind our backs. Who knows what else he will do to this country before the next election. Do you really want to wait that long and see the division getting even wider with more violence?
So you are saying trump hasn’t been divisive? You are saying if their is wrongdoing let it go?
Well, he is. And he’s confessed on TV.
So someone who is cheating and abusing their power, to win an election. To say that we should wait until after that election to do anything is just dumb. You know when everyone who worked on this says that he is guilty. It takes a special kind of stupid to say let’s wait.
You are an idiot. It’s about the soul of our country and holding this President and future Presidents accountable. If you do not understand that, I strongly suggest you resign immediately
A campaign video from Lindsey Simmons, one of the announced Democratic Party candidates in the 4th Congressional District:
Lindsey Simmons: In the summer of 2017, my husband, an Apache pilot for the United States Army, deployed to the Middle East for the second time.
He had his mission, and I had mine.
A few weeks later, I found out I was pregnant with our first child. Nothing prepared me to make that call half a world away.
Hi husband. Guess what?
Our baby allowed us to focus on our growing family…instead of the war.
And my mission? It changed.
Chris: Getting all excited over there, huh?
Lindsey Simmons: To making sure my baby knew his daddy’s voice.
Chris: That’s the gist of it, though. I love you!
Lindsey Simmons: During my fourth month, Chris was deployed to a new forward location in Syria. Local Kurdish allies helped supplement the unit’s limited provisions with additional supplies. Including food.
Because of that alliance, Chris returned home‚ just in time for Jace’s birth.
Not long after, President Trump first signaled the U.S. would abandon our Kurdish allies — the same people who helped my son have a father.
So, I contacted my Congresswoman, Vicky Hartzler. Well I really hope to hear something from your office. But I never did hear anything. We didn’t receive a phone call. An email. Not so much as a form letter from her office.
I’m a seventh generation Missourian, from a hard-working farm family. And I put myself through Harvard Law School. I don’t give up. And so, I thought I’d go to a town hall meeting. Turns out, Congresswoman Hartzler hasn’t held a town hall in five years. She must have been too busy.
It’s been almost a decade since Congresswoman Hartzler had to campaign and earn the votes to keep her job.
That changes now.
I’m Lindsey Simmons, and I’m on a new mission. To be the first active duty military spouse in Congress.
And get this – the day after I announced‚ her office called to apologize for not getting back to me.
You shouldn’t have to run for Congress to hear from your Congressman. Based on their actions over the past month, if President Trump and Congresswoman Hartzler wore the uniform, they’d be court-martialed.
Reporter: 1,000 US troops are caught in the middle, looking for the safest way out.
Lindsey Simmons: I’m not the only wife whose husband’s third deployment is made less safe by reckless foreign policy. I’m not the only mother whose watched schools on our military base lose funding to build a wall.
I’m not the only daughter whose mother hesitates to retire, because of the cost of health care.
And I’m not the only member of a farming family that’s collateral damage in a trade war.
And I have had enough. I’m answering a call to serve because our families deserve better. It’s time to take our home back. And this is a mission we must complete.