[Vision2020] Fwd: House Kills Higher Education budget

Ted Moffett starbliss at gmail.com
Tue Mar 10 22:27:13 PDT 2020

Vision2020 Post: Ted Moffett

Excerpt below from column at website above by Chris Hedges:

The One-Choice Election

"By voting for Biden
you endorse the humiliation of courageous women such as Anita Hill who
confronted their abusers. You vote for the architects of the endless wars
in the Middle East. You vote for the apartheid state in Israel. You vote
for wholesale surveillance of the public by government intelligence
agencies and the abolition of due process and habeas corpus. You vote for
austerity programs, including the destruction of welfare and cuts to Social
<https://bernie.substack.com/p/memo-how-social-security-could-swing>. You
vote for NAFTA, free trade deals, de-industrialization, a decline in wages,
the loss of hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs and the offshoring
of jobs to underpaid workers who toil in sweatshops in China or Vietnam. You
vote for the assault on public education and the transfer of federal funds
to for-profit and Christian charter schools.

On Mon, Mar 9, 2020 at 6:34 PM Ron Force <ronforce at gmail.com> wrote:

> House kills higher education budget on 32-37 vote
>    - Posted by Betsy <https://www.idahopress.com/users/profile/brussell>
>    - Mar 9, 2020 Updated 2 hrs ago
>    -
>    <https://www.idahopress.com/eyeonboise/house-kills-higher-education-budget-on---vote/article_43690f09-a2f1-54f3-a5c8-278381cf422d.html#comments>
>    - e <https://www.idahopress.com/content/tncms/live/#>
> After a long and passionate debate on both sides, the House has killed the
> higher education budget on a 32-37 vote; that's the bill that funds Idaho's
> four-year public colleges and universities. The rejection of the budget
> bill, HB 603, means JFAC will have to reconvene and write a new higher ed
> budget, unless the House reconsiders its vote. As budget bills typically
> take two weeks to process after they're set by the joint committee, that
> means the move could extend the legislative session beyond the March 20
> sine die adjournment goal. Rep. Barbara Ehardt, R-Idaho Falls, who debated
> twice against the budget bill, said the move would be worth it even if the
> new version of the budget is just $1,000 less. The budget showed an
> increase in state general funds of just 0.3%.
> Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, said, “I think the problem is
> curriculum, and the bureaucracy that is moving that curriculum. … We’re
> talking about equity and inclusion instead of readin’, writin’ and
> ‘rithmetic. Why is it that university towns, every time they’re polled,
> show a socialist bent? It has to come from those that are teaching the
> curriculum.”“So the whole bureaucracy itself in my mind has already
> turned left,” Barbieri said, “and we’ve gotta figure out a way to stop
> rubber-stamping these budgets and begin to send a message that we do have a
> say in what’s taught and we do have a say on who they’rehiring, for what
> purposes they’re hiring’ em. That’s my problem.”Rep. Tammy Nichols,
> R-Middleton, said, “Our tuition costs continue to go up and the quality of
> education I’m afraid is continuing to go the opposite direction. I don’t
> feel that this is an appropriate way to be utilizing the funds of the
> taxpayers, to fund things that we have concerns with.”All four of Idaho’s
> four-year college and university presidents have joined together to freeze
> in-state tuition for the next year; that was announced before the budget
> was set by JFAC.“I guess I am a little discouraged by some of the
> commentary that I’ve heard today,” said Rep. Melissa Wintrow, D-Boise.
> “These schools are doing exceptional work with our students. … Thinnk
> about the students and how they will be harmed if we shoot down this
> budget.”
> *Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for
> the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at
> @BetsyZRussell.*
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