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Former state treasurer David Rousseau is blogging his analysis of this year’s budget process over at NJPP.org. Here’s his take on how the rhetoric and the reality don’t quite match on higher education funding:
“I am proud to say this budget proposes a nearly 6% increase in direct aid to our senior public colleges and universities. We are able to help make college more available and affordable for New Jersey families. But we need to do more.” – Governor Christie, FY 2013 Budget Speech (February 21, 2012)
“$80.1 Million of the Additional Funding Goes Directly to the Twelve State Colleges and Research Institutions. Total State support for State colleges and research institutions increases by 6% to over $1.4 billion, supporting day-to-day operations and to pay for the cost of employee fringe benefits.” – FY 2013 Budget Summary (page 54)
“Direct operating aid for senior public institutions of higher education in FY 2013 is recommended at $716.5 million, which is the same amount that was appropriated in FY 2012.” – FY 2013 OLS Higher Educational Services Budget Analysis (page 2)
“Thus, the FY 20123 budget recommendation of $1.418 billion for total State support for the senior public institutions is an increase of 0.72% of $10.1 million over the anticipated FY 2012 expenditure of $1.408 billion.” – FY 2013 OLS Higher Educational Services Budget Analysis (page 16)
Politicians as a species do not like being caught lying. They rely instead on telling the (very) incomplete truth. This is called “spin.” Spin is universally practiced by politicians (as well as lobbyists, bureaucrats and business executives), even in budget messages.
More details after the jump.