State leaders have eroded value of HOPE scholarship

slideshow_1072026_ugagrad.0510_q“Save the HOPE scholarship!” has become the rallying cry for those trying to bring large-scale casino gambling into Georgia. With the introduction of slot machines, blackjack tables, roulette wheels and even a horse-racing industry that is ailing everywhere else in the country but will somehow prosper here, gaming is supposed to inject hundreds of millions of dollars a year into the beleaguered HOPE program.

As its backers know, it’s a politically potent message. However, before we wander too far down that road, let’s review how we got here in the first place, because it might be instructive.

A quarter century ago, then-Gov. Zell Miller used the HOPE scholarship in much the same manner that it is being used today, to sell Georgia voters on a state lottery. The sales pitch came with a solemn promise: Unlike other states, Georgia would not use lottery money as a piggy bank to cut back its own, taxpayer-funded investment on higher education. This would be new money, additional money.

The promise has effectively been broken.

According to data compiled by the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, since 2001 state leaders have slashed their per-pupil support for higher education by more than half. Adjusting for inflation, the state invested $14,947 on each full-time college student back in 2001; in fiscal 2015, it spent $7,031. That’s a per-pupil reduction of $7,916 in 2014 dollars.

And while state support has been quietly slashed, tuition and fees for attending Georgia public universities have soared. In April, the Board of Regents approved another 9 percent increase in tuition at the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech, with smaller increases at other schools. Since 2001, the cost of attending UGA has jumped by 260 percent, again adjusted for inflation. That’s roughly $7,000.

You don’t need a Georgia Tech calculus class to do the math: Other factors certainly play in somewhere, but when you’ve got a $7,901 increase in tuition and fees since 2001, and a $7,000 cutback in state aid per pupil over that same time frame, it’s pretty clear what’s happening.

The consequences have been inevitable. Lottery proceeds have grown, but not at anywhere near the rate needed to keep up with fee and tuition increases. As a result, HOPE can cover a smaller and smaller share of tuition with each passing year, and thus provides less and less political cover for state leaders trying to tamp down anger and frustration. And at a time when state leaders have finally begun to acknowledge the inadequacy of Georgia’s workforce in economic development, they’ve made attending public colleges and universities more and more difficult.

And according to federal data, almost 1.5 million Georgians now owe an average of

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KUTGF
KUTGF

Pope v capitalism sheetz

honested
honested

At some point can we get back to the topic?

And/or the sub-topic that when a State cuts education funding, costs dramatically increase for the students?


Supply side is again proven a failure.

Raise taxes before the system collapses.

Brosephus
Brosephus

"With the introduction of slot machines, blackjack tables, roulette wheels and even a horse-racing industry that is ailing everywhere else in the country but will somehow prosper here, gaming is supposed to inject hundreds of millions of dollars a year into the beleaguered HOPE program."

Well, considering how far behind parts of the rest of the country we are here, does anyone actually find this surprising?  Hell, HOV lanes were first introduced in the 1970s in this country, and how long did it take for Georgia to figure out they were needed here?  Dedicated toll lanes have also been used to manage traffic forever, and Georgia DOT thinks they're a good idea now.

Just look at how others are doing things now, and that's what Georgia will be doing 20 - 30 years down the road.


"...since 2001 state leaders have slashed their per-pupil support for higher education by more than half. Adjusting for inflation, the state invested $14,947 on each full-time college student back in 2001; in fiscal 2015, it spent $7,031. That’s a per-pupil reduction of $7,916 in 2014 dollars."

Ummmmmm...  Republicans run on the idea of cutting government spending.  Many of them loathe the idea of "government-run" schools, so this is not surprising either.  I'd be surprised had they maintained spending at the level it was back then.  I'm also a bit astonished that they haven't cut it more than what's been done.  Just give them a few more years, and that reduction will be even higher.

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

@Brosephus "Dedicated toll lanes have also been used to manage traffic forever, and Georgia DOT thinks they're a good idea now."

I have a different take on that one.  The year GA opened it's first modern toll highway, VA CLOSED the ones it had had for decades.

Brosephus
Brosephus

@Doggone_GA 

LOL!!!!  I give them an A for effort, but it's still not enough to pass the class.

RandroidWillBoy
RandroidWillBoy

@Brosephus


I'm no so sure it is important that Georgia keeps up with the Jone's per se.  I don't know about your experience but my experience with tolls in NY and  NJ were awful.  Talk about a traffic menace.

Brosephus
Brosephus

@RaindroidWillBoy 

I'm not advocating for keeping up with the Jones'.  I'm suggesting that we should not follow the Jones' when we've already seen them screw up and try to replicate that experiment down to the very detail.

If you know what doesn't work, try something different.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Doggone_GA @Brosephus

The year GA opened it's first modern toll highway, VA CLOSED the ones it had had for decades. 

You know the expression: "Better late than never, except for those times when never would've been better."

gotalife
gotalife

A kid built a clock and the cons heads explode.


I guess it was a bomb then.


Bwhahahahaaaaaah.

_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

@gotalife He disassembled a clock and installed it in a pencil box.  (Reason unknown.)


Maybe to get the reaction that he did?

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

@Yes_Jesus_Can @gotalife If he was Christian he'd have got a pat on the back and an "atta boy" and nobody but his family would have even known about it.

_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

@gotalife @_GodlessHeathen_ from link shared above.


I think the whole event – and our collective response, with everybody up to the President chiming in, says a whole lot about us. We don’t care that none of us were there and knows what happened, we jump to conclusions and assume we’re experts. We care about the story, but we don’t care about the actual facts. Headlines and click-bait are far more interesting than thinking for ourselves. We like to point out other any bit of perceived injustice or discrimination we can find – it’s practically a new national past-time. We like playing victim, and we like talking about victims – so much so we sometimes find victims where none really existed. We also like to find somebody to blame, even when there’s nobody at fault. We like to play social justice warrior on our Facebooks and Twitters, posting memes and headlines without digging in behind the sensationalism, winning bonus sensitivity points in the forms of likes and re-tweets. Once group-think kicks in, we rally around hash tags and start shouting moral outrage in a deafeningly loud national chorus. The media plays us like a fiddle, and we don’t even notice we’ve all been had.

CelestialNavigator
CelestialNavigator

@_GodlessHeathen_ @gotalife  So true.  I received an A.S. degree in Electronics Engineering Technology back in 1983, and spent 20 years before practicing law for 10 years and I built many circuit boards that performed interesting tasks, including one that could be triggered to play a number of songs.  I built a superhetrodyne radio too.  This thing shown in all the pictures does not look like a "digital" clock or anything but a bunch of wires connected to a circuit board.  No schematic, no proof that it actually has working power supply that will allow "it" to "tell" time.  No analog face that I can see either.  What is it?  Who really knows?  BTW.  It takes no genius to build the kits that one can order online nowadays.  Maybe he should have put together a 1,000 piece three-dimensional puzzle from Barnes and Noble, or a Lego 500+ piece Star Wars kit.  Now that I might could be impressed about.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Yes_Jesus_Can

I hope someone's paying to carry all that neocon swamp water. It'd be pretty sad if you were doing this for free.

gotalife
gotalife

You are going to have to do better than fake scandals to beat her cons.


Just factin.

gotalife
gotalife

Clinton bounces back in polls.


I had no doubt.


She will win.

Penses
Penses

"I am a real person." - Hillary Clinton

The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

BWAHAHAHAHA.

Could we see some independent verification of that Secretary Clinton?  LOL.

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

 The promise has effectively been broken.

"Effectively..." Oh sure Jay Bookman.  Here's a promise that was broken in reality, in case you're wondering what that looks like....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLjtrtQ7PTg

Tuition and fees at colleges have been soaring anyway everywhere around the country. 

Even though fees just went up both Tech and Georgia are still considered best buys in the college business.  Maybe you're familiar with the publication:

http://getschooled.blog.ajc.com/2014/12/19/university-of-georgia-makes-top-10-list-of-best-buys-in-public-colleges/

ByteMe
ByteMe

@Yes_Jesus_Can You must have a lot of serotonin running around your system with all that deflecterbation you do.... 

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@ByteMe @Yes_Jesus_Can 

Whatever my biochemical issues are, you always seem to come up short in refuting what I say--except to .......bate.... yourself. 

So you might get your own blood-levels checked. 

ByteMe
ByteMe

@Yes_Jesus_Can Why would I refute any of your deflecterbation?  You seem quite well on the way to making a mess, so I'm staying out of the way.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

 When have I sourced Russian state media as gospel? 


Your posts and the stuff they report are eerily similar.


For example when opposition leaders were shot down in the streets of Moscow you toed the line that it was someone looking to make Putin look bad. Exactly what Russian state media was saying.


Its comical. 

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@Hedley_Lammar 

I agree completely, heady. 

It's sort of like the notion that pointing out high poverty rates, high dependence on government programs, a very high not-in-working-population count means you are either a perfidious liar or are out to get our little bambi. 

They have the state-run media in Russia: Pravda, essentially--we have the leftist useful idiot media here: NY Times, CNN. 

Just watch, when the Republican president takes office in 2017, there will be new national problems pointed out on TV.  We will suddenly have a national crisis of homelessness and unemployment. 

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@Yes_Jesus_Can @Hedley_Lammar Just watch, when the Republican president takes office in 2017, there will be new national problems pointed out on TV.  We will suddenly have a national crisis of homelessness and unemployment. 


And on Fox News everything will be peachy. Day 1 the country will be in order again


Yawn

alexander2
alexander2

Jay, I don't see any response to the issue of a significant increase in the number of students as being a large part of the reason that the amt. of money per student has decreased so significantly and what is the cause of the increase in tuition ??

ByteMe
ByteMe

@alexander2 That's because the overall state budget has grown as well, but the percentage going to higher education has decreased.  State spending for the university system has grown only about 4% over the past ten years, while K-12 spending has gone up 30%...   So if you have larger colleges and less growth in the state money... 

alexander2
alexander2

@ByteMe @alexander2 Thank you, that answers part B, and I suspect that stagnant lottery $$ plus more students leads to less money per student-also, I guess that's calculus at Ga. Tech. ( couldn't have passed it)