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Letter: Is it smart for state to pour more money into colleges?


The state’s university system wants a $550 million “investment” because “our revenues were not aligning to our expenditures” and “we were not adjusting our operating costs.” In plain English, they want a handout because they’re spending more than they make and they won’t cut costs. Just like a typical government agency: “Give us more because we can’t manage what we’ve got.”

In spite of keeping tuition unchanged again, enrollment dropped the most in 20 years. A business would ask itself, “Why aren’t more people buying our product? Is it a good product? Is it worth the price?”

They tell us “.. the increase in funding is needed to enable the system to …invest in diversity, equity and inclusion plans and support other initiatives.” Is their product education or indoctrination?

System board Chairwoman Cynthia Shapira states, “We’re setting the stage to say that we need and we want partnership” with the state. She went on to say, “We have a great partnership. We need even more. We’ve got to go now to the next level.”

I believe her “next level” means even fewer students but still rising operating costs, with the taxpayers always paying the difference. Is that good for Pennsylvania?

William H. Rissmiller
Exeter Township

Source: Berkshire mont

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