My college has suspended all promotions. The hiring has been frozen for years anyway. All in-college grants are suspended, too.
In short, it’s a budget crisis worse than the one we had when the state literally couldn’t pass a budget in 2 years.
Why, though? We have a record number of students. Great enrollments. The state is giving us exactly what it always does.
Well, here’s the deal. Students whose families make under $65,000 no longer pay anything for college. As a result, the college is fading out of existence. This policy is very new, yet the costs of it are already unbearable.
To summarize: ‘free healthcare’ means no healthcare and ‘free college’ means no college.
And before anybody brings up how things were different in 1972, yeah, we’ve noticed. It’s like coming out into the rain and refusing to grab an umbrella because yesterday the weather was sunny. Things are not the same because they are very different. We are holding on to an outdated memory and destroying the good things we have now to maintain the illusion that it’s possible to go back.