Malloy’s Blueprint for this time of economic crisis: A disproportionate cut to public higher education

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Faced with a $365 million budget deficit in this fiscal year, Governor Malloy and his budget chief, Ben Barnes, released a list of $170 million in cuts today.

Their list of cuts is quite a commentary on Malloy’s vision of shared sacrifice and on where cuts can actually be made.

After implementing the deepest cuts in Connecticut history to Connecticut’s public colleges and universities…Governor Malloy is now cutting another $10 million from UConn, another $14 million from CSU and the Community Colleges and $1.3 million in student financial aid. (But Malloy is only cutting the financial aid that goes to students attending public colleges; the financial aid to the students attending Connecticut’s independent colleges has already been given out and so can’t be cut).

UConn’s budget is about 1.2 percent of the total state budget – and yet their share of cuts amounted to 6 percent of today’s $170 million in cuts.

Meanwhile, the Connecticut State University and the Community Colleges (now known as the Board of Regents) gets about 1.5 percent of the total state budget – and yet their cut amounted to 8 percent of today’s total cuts.

The message couldn’t be much clearer – Connecticut is dedicated to competing in the 21st Century by disproportionately cutting its system of public higher education.

The full list of $170 million can be found here: http://www.ct.gov/opm/lib/opm/budget/2012_2013_biennial_budget/DeficitMitigationPlan/RescissionTransmittalMemo_11282012.pdf

  • Linda174

    State records show the presidents of three of the four Connecticut State University campuses receive an extra $25,000 per year to spend however they want without having to provide any documentation.

    Documents obtained by The Associated Press show that the presidents of Central, Eastern and Western Connecticut State universities receive the so-called “unvouchered accommodation accounts.” The president of Southern Connecticut State University gets $35,000 annually for housing costs in lieu of the unvouchered account.

    The former board president of the state university system, Robert Kennedy, also received a $25,000-a-year unvouchered expense account that was criticized by state lawmakers. Kennedy resigned last month in a controversy over $250,000 in unauthorized pay raises he gave to staff members.

    University system officials say they’re reviewing the compensation of top system employees.

    http://www.wfsb.com/story/20207941/connecticut-college-presidents-get-25k-perk

    • Suesylvester

      That is exactly where they should be looking!

      • jonpelto

        Right – except forcing students to pay more isn’t the answer. Leadership to stop the waste is the key — a strong economy requires an educated work force and an educated workforce requires people with college educations and that means we need to have affordable higher education.
        Sent from my BlackBerry please excuss typos

        • Suesylvester

          You are absolutely right unfortunately OUR children who have their education already are moving out of State….they get paid a living wage, which means they can AFFORD an apartment. (2-3 bedrm apts down south fall around $600,00 along with overall lower living expenses. Here we offer our COLLEGE GRADS $10-12 an hour while a two bedroom apt ranges around $750.00 and up) Then they also have to pay their student loans…When I read the money that is being paid by our “top earners” and managers…(a few who left boxes piled to the ceiling at the DSS) I am embarrassed to say I live in Connecticut!

        • sharewhut

          Late chime-in on this, but a chord was struck as I was sending payments for my daughter who’s attending one of our state Universities. Been saving in a CHET plan for years to minimize her future loan burden. As part of financial aid package this year, (per semester):

          CT Public Colleges Grant $150.00
          CT State University Grant $100.00- total $500 for year.

          Last year (per semester) :
          CT Public Colleges Grant $750.00
          CT State University Grant $750.00-total $3000.

          $2500 that will need to be made up for somehow. This year I was able to cover by using more of ‘college fund’ than was budgeted, not everyone has that ‘luxury’ for immediate use. So those kids (as will mine in 2013-14) will be tacking on that extra $2500 in loan debt to cover.
          And not so much a feeling of that aid being an ‘entitlement’, but the thought of how many kids/families could be helped using funds flushed into these perks, excess ‘management’ positions and untold number of discretionary, personal slush funds.

          • sharewhut

            Quick note on these grants- they’re intended to keep CT kids in CT schools, with goal of keeping them in state after school, providing an educated work force within the state for current and future employers to draw upon.

  • Suesylvester

    It would be unfortunate if these educational systems simply turn around and slam this on the kids…I got to review the numbers on a few area campus’s maintenance contracts, they were totally over what it should have been costing them. In addition many contracts were with out of state companies…so we are paying profit and salaries to people who don’t even live in Connecticut.

    • msavage

      Let me guess–were a lot of these out of state contracts from New Jersey?

      • Suesylvester

        Ohio and Tennnesse

      • Suesylvester

        One “board” of suits in Ohio…do nothing and collect a very big check to divide amongst all of the (twelve) plus profits…who ran that particular contract…someone who was already on the payroll here at the school in ct. (two paychecks, two benefit packages etc.) If you only knew! AND who was his “assistant” (paid w benefits etc) his daughter!

  • Sue

    I noticed that Malloy has an employee officially employed to open his car door for him. If he’s cutting assistance for the disabled, maybe a disabled person could be reemployed as his official car door opener.

    • Linda174

      Or maybe he can open the damn door himself….he is not the royal majesty. He also spent $250,000 to secure the mansion. There was also a huge increase in payments/salaries/overtime to state troopers to guard him. Just stay in the secured mansion and work remotely and save us some money. One and one…Dannel
      Malloy…let’s start the countdown clock now!

      • Suesylvester

        This is Hartford…the security was needed. Its Hartford…and I don’t mean to imply its about the people who live there its not. We who have traveled the local political terrain in Hartford…know.

        • Linda174

          He is still physically capable of opening his own door and is it much more dangerous than it was for Jodi or
          John R?

          • Suesylvester

            Malloy asked around about the temperament of Hartford…Jodi (not outspoken) and John R…really x con John R?

          • Linda174

            Dannel may some day find himself in the same position as x con John.

          • Suesylvester

            I doubt that. Some of those who were “chasing” John R are actually part of Malloy’s administration.

          • msavage

            Then maybe John R. should return the favor? I’m sure he still has plenty of connections and I’m sure there’s plenty to uncover.

          • Suesylvester

            I understand he also uses female body guards…he thinks a lot of himself I guess.

          • Linda174

            Pity these poor women! I would rather wash toilets.

          • Suesylvester

            lol

        • Sue

          You may have a point. My son went to the University of Hartford, and I had to hover constantly so as to assure his safety and success.

      • msavage

        I don’t think there’s any doubt that Malloy will be a “one and done” governor. He’s working hard to manufacture plenty of opportunities for himself before he goes–the millions of dollars to Ray Dalio, the Busway project that benefits Cigna and who knows what other corporations. I’m sure he’ll have purchased himself a primo position (with taxpayer money) before he gets voted out. The question is, who will replace him? We certainly don’t want a Romneyesque corporate vulture coming in. How do we influence who is on the table for a potential replacement?

        • Suesylvester

          Actually that is what Malloy himself said…one time and he did not care. How to replace him …I am sure that is already in the works. If you know HOW we picked people to run you would be a little shocked.

        • JMC

          Malloy is pushing through a one-party Dem welfare state which relies on big-city populations crowding to the polls to vote themselves Free Stuff. His goal is re-election based on the takers’ perception of him and the Dems as Santa Clause. These voters don’t care about no steenkin’ deficit. Nor in fact does Malloy, except insofar as it something he has to pretend to care about. He may very well have the numbers for re-election no matter what.

          • msavage

            I disagree on all counts. For one thing, I don’t think there’s a chance in hell, at this point, that Malloy will be re-elected. I don’t think he’s counting on being re-elected. He is alienating all of the “traditional” Dem voters–union members, including teachers, hate him, from what I can tell. Contrary to the propaganda from the right, I think that the majority of union members are pissed off at Malloy. Union leaders may support him, but I don’t get the impression that union rank-and-file does. And how exactly is Malloy pandering to the “takers,” as you call them? I see him passing out more money to hedge fund managers than I see him providing for the financially struggling members of the state. There was the EITC–what else has he done to suggest that he supports the lower-income portion of the population?

    • Suesylvester

      That may be his bodyguard

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rich-White/100000066062155 Rich White

    The growth of $225,000 jobs in the education system suggests there’s plenty of money to be saved.

    • msavage

      This is where they need to trim the fat, rather than passing on the costs to the students. And the faculty. The increasing use of adjunct faculty is part of the corporatization of public higher education. PhD’s kept running from one campus to another, with no office, no benefits, and not earning enough to support a family. http://universitybusiness.ccsct.com/page.cfm?p=159

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  • Wilton Businessman

    And yet, the doors stay open and more and more students are applying as evidenced by the exceptional freshman class.

    http://today.uconn.edu/blog/2012/08/the-class-of-2016-breaks-records/

    • Suesylvester

      Believe it or not it is due to the unemployment rate…they can’t find jobs (not that going to school is a bad choice) but I know many that have gone on or back to school because they simply could not find employment. Students returning to further their education get their loans deferred…and Colleges are supporting their alumni do this and offering them part time work either on the Campus or in the College community to help them get by.