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How many more cuts must universities make?

In reference to the tax proposals being debated at the State House, the Globe writes that Governor Patrick’s “proposed funding hike for public higher education might wait until the universities make further cuts on their own” (“Legislature’s tax plan lets rare opportunity pass,” Editorial, April 4). I am unsure in which state the Globe is based and which budget it is reading.

Public higher education has been cut 31 percent over the past decade. The state funds less than half of the University of Massachusetts budget, where it once paid for about 85 percent of it. What, in the wisdom of the editorial page, is the appropriate amount it would like to see cut from the public higher education budget? Precisely how would that improve the quality and accessibility of our public higher education system?

Max Page


The writer is a professor at UMass Amherst.

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