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ISSUE UPDATE

Protect students from cuts to higher ed funding

State legislators are debating a road-funding package now that will shift general fund money to help fund road repairs. The package passed last week by the House will raise the $1.2 billion needed for roads by cutting $600 million from the state budget and raise $600 million in taxes.

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DECADE OF DISINVESTMENT

A chart showing difference of disinvestment between 2001-02  and 2012-13

After inflation, the cost of higher education per student at Michigan public universities went up by only $217 (1.8 percent) over 12 years. At MSU, that increase was only $65. As this chart prepared by the House Fiscal Agency clearly shows, the increase in cost for higher education borne by students and families has been driven almost entirely by the dramatic disinvestment by the state.