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benefits (?) of a lazy university system.

i'm not a GTF anymore, but i still have a GTF mailbox.

the only thing that gets put in there now is office junkmail and other things that don't matter to me, but every once in a while i go in there and find a gem.

One of the biggest and most frustrating things about Oregon is the economy, and here's a great letter that was given out to the general UofO community on January 24th (so before measure 30 failed):

The Senate Budget Committee members, and perhaps many of you, ahve been very disturbed by the effects of the severe budget reductions on the University and on education of our students...

First, let's look at some facts to put our current situation into perspective:

1. UO's State appropriation has declined from $139 million in the past biennium to an estimated $121 million in the current biennium, assuming we receive no further disappropriations. This amount is $5 million less thanthe state funding we received in the 1989-1991 biennium, when we had bout 2000 fewer students. Combined with inflation and enrollment growth, this appropriation shortfall is the reason tuition has had to increase substantially over this period.

2. The tuition increases have not made up for state appropriation decreases, and certainly have not been due to increased expenditures. On an inflation-adjusted basis, UO's educational expenditure per student has decreased by 11% just since 1998!

3. The Legislature imposed a salary freeze on al state employees, and our already lean operation also faces required administrative cost reductions. The Oregon Department of Administrative Services will monitor both salaries and administrative costs. These policies create particularly severe problems for UO, given the low levels of our salaries relative to our peers and given our plans to improve our standing relative to peer institutions.

Based on budget information provided to us by the Provost, if we meet our current enrollment targets and have no further reductions in state appropriations, our present budget plans project an approximately $2 million deficit in this biennium, [but]...

1. If Measure 30 fails on February 3rd, it is estimated that UO will lose an additional approximately $2.5 million in state appropriations, perhaps more. This amount is beyound what we can manage without programmatic reductions, tuition increases, or some combination of the two. Programmatic reductions at this time essentially mean cuts in class availability, with a concomitant reduction in the number of faculty and staff. given the already stretched nature of our class offerings and of our faculty, such cuts would result in many students not being able to get classes needed for graduation in a timely manner... The alternative, tuition increases, would allow adequate numbers of classes to be offered, but would probably result in some loss of enrollment. with continued large tuition increases, we risk changing the nature of our university...

2. If OUS has to return approximately $14 million in implied "PERS savings" to the state general fund in 2005, as is currently required by legislative act, the impact on UO will be an additional cut of approximately $4.5 million. This payment could require even more draconian measures than the ones that will be required if Measure 30 fails...

Bottom line to me?

Oregon needs sales tax.


( read spoken (1) — speak )
Feb. 26th, 2004 12:12 pm (UTC)
i agree with you. oregon does need a sales tax. it would help out with so many things.
( read spoken (1) — speak )


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