Banning Congressional Earmarks Would Cost Colleges Billions

Looming Ban on Congressional Earmarks Would Cost Colleges Dearly 1

Julie Denesha for The Chronicle

Higher-education lobbyists say earmarks can fill a unique role in college budgets, helping to pay for centers and schools to attract faculty in new fields and buy expensive equipment, like this electron microscope at the U. of Kansas.

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close Looming Ban on Congressional Earmarks Would Cost Colleges Dearly 1

Julie Denesha for The Chronicle

Higher-education lobbyists say earmarks can fill a unique role in college budgets, helping to pay for centers and schools to attract faculty in new fields and buy expensive equipment, like this electron microscope at the U. of Kansas.

Colleges stand to lose billions of dollars for research, facilities, and other purposes if Congressional leaders hold firm in their pledge to ban earmarks, the spending that individual members direct to their home states and favorite projects outside of the competitive processes.

Some of the biggest losers would be colleges in states whose lawmakers in Washington hold top positions on appropriations committees, and which have traditionally received substantial earmarks. In spending