I've been asked why guys like Robert Shelton and the Education establishment think they can get away with making wild claims about "cuts" to their funding. Shelton claims that unenlightened Legislators have slashed his funding--complete with Freddy Krueger reference. When in reality, the both the Regents and the Joint Legislative Budget Committee point out that the UA's mix of funds has shifted, but the total amount has actually increased. Sure, the Legislature cut the state contribution, but the money has been more than replaced by increases in tuition and federal funding. So if it's so easy to verify that UA hasn't received any actual cuts, why would Shelton make the claim?
Because people will fall for it. Check out this editorial in yesterday's Star.
Given enormous cuts to public education made by Arizona's unenlightened Legislature over the past few years, we're pleased that Tucson and its university continue to cultivate cooperative efforts that benefit both.