I don’t know if I could summarize it in a way that does it justice, so I’ll just link to Doghouse Riley’s latest epic post on the subject of the Governor, budgeting, and education. The whole thing is definitely worth a read, but I have to confess to the same reaction when I heard that the Senate Budget Committee was going to have some show trials on the subject of university tuition increases. The General Assembly choked off spending to preserve the Governor’s surplus and, go figure, there were consequences down the line:
So, now the boards of the various state colleges and universities meet to plan their own budgets, and–Keep ahold a’ them reins, Pardner–uniformly raise tuitions across the board. This angers the Governor, and the Senate (i.e. Republican) half of the Legislature, whose Budget committee is apparently now permanently in session, as it hauled in the Presidents of all those Fancy Learnin’ Academies yesterday and demanded Answers! Preliminary word has it that the main answer, Because you fucks fucking fucked our fucking budget and the money’s gotta come from somewhere was not explained to them in exactly that way.