To paraphrase Lloyd Blankfein’s character from “Too Big To Fail,” the legislature today fumbled the ball, kicked the ref in the nuts and took a dump in the quarterback’s helmet.
In what seemed to be a game of “Whatever Draconian Shit Scott Walker Can Do, We Can Do It Better,” the state budget committee not only froze tuition for the state universities, but it gutted the state support that Walker had proposed to give to the system. This was after Walker already cut back on the support he had planned to give to the UW. Couple this with the loss of flexibility that the state swore it would give the system and you can practically hear the higher ed system begin to crumble in this state.
This wasn’t the only fun bit of news to come out the state house this week. Walker sought the ability to sell off state buildings pretty much as he saw fit, so we’ve got that going for us. In addition, the budget committee has virtually crippled the longest-standing student advocacy group by changing how they get their funding. The group’s most recent big push? Tuition freeze. In other words, even if you’re on the side of the issue that Walker is supporting, don’t plan to get much support.
There are days I wonder why I work here. Today is among them.
On the plus side, I made about $200 from a rummage sale today.
This will help greatly when I’m told we’ll be furloughed or something.