There’s no doubt that on Jan. 9th newly elected Governor Eric Greitens walked in to a (word here) with the state debt totaling over $78 billion and rising by the second. It doesn’t a bi partisan lens to realize that the issue of tackling the states budget deficient is not easy feat. The issues begin to arise, however, when deciding the best route to close this gap.
Greatens aims to close this gap by having the state “tighten it’s belt”, a term that basically means to get rid of programs the republican party deems less necessary to fund than others.
The trouble is that when one party has such a strong hold on decision-making, there is little room for juggling new ideas around and questioning party values in efforts to either change or strengthen them.
It’s hard to say if cutting blah blah amount from the education budget was the “right” or “wrong” answer to the state’s debt problem. It is, however, a contradictory one when considering the goals of Gretiens as outlined in his state of the state address Tues.
Greitens has a great interest in creating more jobs in the state of Missouri. His budget plans aim to do so at the expense of potentially damaging certain jobs markets in efforts to help maintain or expand upon others.
Taking away such a large amounting of funding for Missouri public universities will inevitably interfere with current students success and hinder future students desire to venture into a university setting.
It almost feels as if Greitins is so focused on creating “more jobs” in Missouri that he is willing to sacrifice whatever it takes, without weighing the consequences that giving such a small budget to Missouri’s larger than normal amount of public universities will have.
When it is all said and down, there are always hard decisions that must be made in politics, Greitiens is right about that. What he must be willing to admit then is that he has chosen certain fields of work to be deemed more important than others in his efforts to help tighten the belt of Missouri.
This means that campus universities should beginning planning for more budget cuts not which means doing much of the same dirty work as Greitens has begun to do in cutting funding for certain programs.
Missouri Western will be losing blah blah million dollars starting blah blah and should anticipate losing more in the years to come. This means making hard decisions that many will disapprove of. But the university can avoid the most argumentation by including several different voices on their panel of discussion. This should include voices inside Missouri western as well as speaking with other universities across the start to generate new ideas about what will be effective.
The state of Missouri has now entered a financial famine where it’s legislators must decide which resources are fuel that is delicious and healthy and which are healthy as well as absolutely necessary.
Unfortunately, it looks like Missouri’s public universities will have to start choosing between what’s healthy and absolutely necessary and what is the bare minimum they can hold on to without starving.