Ann Arbor Area Community News
Coverage of the City Council’s NoBuPa (I love typing that) street parking issue, news of a giant tuition increase and an editorial on Granholm’s part in neccessitating the increase, notes on a student fee increase, and finally another editorial on opposing the MCRI.
From ‘MSA angered by City Council parking decision’:
MSA President Jesse Levine and Rep. Stuart Wagner spoke at the beginning of the meeting and were upset because the council was voting on a resolution in the summer when most students affected by the parking change are gone.
And from ‘Something had to give: Granholm misses link between funding cuts and tuition increases’:
This year’s tuition increase may alleviate some of the stress on the University’s budget for now, but unless the state restructures the way it funds higher education, these problems will only worsen next year. University funding is allocated through the state’s discretionary fund, and consequently it is one of the first areas to be cut when state revenues decline. If Granholm works with the state Legislature to find a way to maintain or increase higher education funding, universities will not have to implement further double-digit tuition increases anytime soon. In times of high unemployment and falling state revenues, investing in higher education, as Granholm purports to recognize, is the state’s best bet for a prosperous future. But should this investment continue to come in the form of rhetorical lip service, Granholm will only further alienate herself from the administrators who could be her closest allies in revitalizing Michigan’s economy. As the governor unwisely calls on administrators to further cut out “fat,” she must realize that a belt can only be tightened so much before it cuts off blood flow.
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