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College costs " a weighty subject (01/14/2007)
By Frances Edstrom


     
Both the state Republicans and the Democrats have weighed in on the problem of wildly escalating college costs " in typical fashion.

The Republicans are proposing a freeze and perhaps a tax break for families paying college tuition (which would net the typical family a whopping $165) and the Democrats want to give more money to the state colleges and universities.

The Star Tribune reported on December 28, "Tuition has risen by nearly 50 percent since 2002 at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, after adjusting for inflation, according to the Minnesota Office of Higher Education."

Excuse me? If my water bill, for instance, were to skyrocket at such a rate, what would I do? Would I tell the family, "Okay, we're going to freeze our water use"? Or would I say, "Okay, we're going to have to go without in other areas to pay our water bill"?

No, the sensible person would find out why the cost has risen so sinfully and dramatically, and get at the root problem.

That's what our state government should be doing. Does anyone honestly think that a freeze will mean that colleges will want to operate without a boost in state spending, even for only a year? Do legislators really think that a $165 payout is a meaningful relief for those paying college costs? Should colleges simply get more money because they demand it? Both proposals do nothing but add a hefty tax burden on all of us, including those who are not paying college tuition.

State legislators need an in-depth study of college costs. There should be a meaningful adjustment in legislative mandates on higher education and the way the state higher education institutions spend their money. Instead, I fear, the adjustment will come the way it always does " in lowering the weight of our wallets and upping the weight of our tax burden. 

 

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