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Monday, March 31, 2008
 
Great Moments in Government Spending

Last week the Maricopa Community Colleges Governing Board voted to approve a $6 tuition and fee. One of the reasons stated in the press release for the increased was

The cost of opening and operating the new buildings approved by 76% of voters in the 2004 bond election is among the many student centered priorities that will be funded by the increase

I love the wording of that statements. It implies that since we voted for the buildings then we should go along with the inevitable tuition increase to pay for their operation. I followed that bond election fairly closely and don't remember anyone on the yes side mentioning that in addition to increasing my taxes to pay for construction that we would have to jack up tuition as well.

Wait there is more

Other programs designated as funding priorities include support of initiatives designed to help the colleges increase enrollment, new faculty....

Yep "increase enrollment" because district enrollment has been dropping since 2004, the very year the bonds were passed.

So let's get this straight:

1) We need to raise tuition because...

2) Those new buildings we taxed you to build so we could accommodate increased enrollment in the future? We now need more money to operate them in part (sorry we didn't tell you that earlier when you approved them) because...

3) Our enrollment is dropping.

We all know the secret to increased enrollment is higher tuition. Higher prices always generates higher demand.