Rep. Greg Porter: Higher ed funding merits General Assembly attention

June 24, 2019 | IndyStar

While there has been rightful attention paid to the inadequate funding provided for Indiana’s public schools in the new biennial state budget that takes effect July 1, it is important to note another critical shortfall in that budget: the sorry support for higher education.

Higher education operations will be getting a 1.5% increase in state support in the new budget. While this is an improvement over the levels of funding provided from 2008-2018 — in those years, state funding per students actually decreased by 1.2% — that 1.5% figure is still below the cost of inflation.

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