The 2006-07 budget proposal put forward by the N.C. Senate on Tuesday would fully fund a host of major system priorities, including more than $79.2 million to support enrollment growth and almost $21.6 million for need-based financial aid…senators are backing a pay raise of 8 percent for system faculty during the next academic year and the promise of annual 6 percent increases in future years. The system’s Board of Governors had requested only 5 percent.
North Carolina is already a leader in per-capita spending on higher education, spending more than any other state of comparable or larger size on higher education. This funding raise that wasn’t asked for shows how UNC spurs big government and tries to bleed taxpayers dry. Students are hopeful that the increases will stop class sizes from increasing and the number of TAs teaching classes, but only time will tell if those expectations will be met.
The second development is the hope of some legislators and residents of Rocky Mount that N.C. Wesleyan will join the UNC system. The DTH reports:
A special provision in the budget calls on legislators to study making N.C. Wesleyan College, a private school in Rocky Mount, part of the UNC system. If the provision makes it through the rest of the budget process, $50,000 will be used by the UNC-system Board of Governors to conduct the study.
Why on earth would we want to start ladling public money into a school that has managed quite well for half a century on funds raised from willing donors and students?
The answer: there is money to be had. Political interests are going to try to obtain it.
Conclusion: The size of Government in our lives grows.