As predicted by, um, everyone, New Hampshire’s public colleges are raising their tuition in response to the dramatic budget cuts willfully enacted by the Bill O’Brien led legislature. This is awful news for New Hampshire’s college students, who already have the highest level of student loan debt in the nation:
“Paying for college has always produced anxiety for families and students, but now students are asking, is the degree worth the debt?” said Payne, the foundation’s vice president of college planning. “That’s what they’ve started to have to ask themselves.”
Educational attainment is emphatically the best protection against the current economic crisis. As more students drop out because of money rather than achievement, their employment prospects become dimmer.
House Speaker Bill O’Brien justified the 48% funding cut this way:
“Not only does throwing more and more taxpayer money at funding college education cause more problems than it solves, it inaccurately signals that college attendance is the only route for success in life,”
This foul, repellent statement is not new; but reading it again tonight I am struck by something.
It is the legislature’s job, along with the other two branches of government, to keep the state running. It is the public servant’s express obligation to fund things that require public funding.
If Speaker O’Brien has no interest in funding public college, or public infrastructure, or CHINS, or a host of other things he has indicated he’s sour on, well, then, he should resign.
No surgeon who doesn’t want to operate on patients would last a day; no teacher who hates children.
If you can’t handle the job requirements, Mr. Speaker, get out.