States Strike Budget Bargains With Higher Education

States Strike Budget Bargains With Higher Education 1

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Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts proposed increased spending on higher education to begin reversing the 22 percent in cuts since 2008. The UMass system is receiving $39-million more than in last year's budget; community colleges are getting $20-million more.

Public colleges in Massachusetts will get a whopping 16-percent increase in state appropriations for the 2014 fiscal year compared with what they got in the previous state budget. Although that amount is being hailed by college leaders as a major reinvestment in public higher education, the state is still spending less on public colleges than it did in the 2008 fiscal year, at the beginning of the recession.

"In many states the mood is more positive, but