Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Outcome of Governors’ Races Could Shift Higher-Ed Policy in Several States

The Chronicle of Higher Education
November 4th, 2014

Of the 36 gubernatorial elections being decided on Tuesday, three have special resonance for people in higher education.
In each case, a Republican governor took a hard line on higher-ed spending; in each case, that governor now finds himself in electoral peril.
Two high-profile incumbents, Gov. Rick Scott of Florida and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, are fighting for re-election in races that are considered tossups. And then there’s one race that is not close: In Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Corbett is considered a likely loser on Election Day.
Those three were among the wave of new Republican state lawmakers and executives who swept into office in the 2010 elections, giving the GOP control of a majority of the nation’s governors’ mansions and legislative chambers. Their election followed the recession, as state governments struggled with shrinking tax revenues.

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