This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.
There’s so much talk in Olympia right now about de-funding public colleges, it’s good to see some serious people figuring out how to fund them.
The governor’s higher education funding task force – a group of business and higher ed leaders that’s been wrestling with the issue since July – came out with some weighty recommendations Wednesday. State lawmakers ought to study them closely and act on them by the time they go home in a few months.
Yes, the budget distress will necessarily dominate the session; that’s exactly why Washington’s college system needs urgent attention, too.
The state’s traditional approach to subsidizing college opportunity is broken and getting more broken. Neither taxpayers nor lawmakers have been willing to finance college for today’s students the way the World War II generation financed college for the Baby Boomers.
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