Inside Higher Ed
October 31st, 2014
Battles over funding and college costs are being fought in races for governor across the country.
These state races are likelier to have a more immediate effect than
much of what Congress or the Obama administration may do. States, after
all, are spending about $72 billion a year on higher education.
Often enough – perhaps because it’s easiest to talk about in sound
bites and gets the attention of key voting blocs – tuition prices are
the main higher education-related topic.
Incumbents in Iowa, Wisconsin and California have talked about
tuition freezes. In Georgia, a challenger and the incumbent are sparring
over who would best protect the state’s prized HOPE scholarship. In
Maine, a Democrat wants to give every public college student a free
Other candidates get further into the weeds with talk of
accountability and performance funding, though that’s mostly in their
written campaign platforms and white papers, or when higher education
comes up in debates.
In Florida, a tight gubernatorial race has included a back-and-forth battle over who can claim pro-higher-education bragging rights.