Prisons versus higher ed

January 26, 2010


The Legislative Analyst’s Office gives two thumbs down to the governor’s proposal for a constitutional amendment that would require the state to spend more on universities than prisons. Why? The office says legislators and the governor can switch spending priorities now if they have the will to do so, and it would be unwise to lock more spending formulas — and less flexibility — into the constitution. The chart above from the LAO is a look at the trend in spending on both programs.

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