Rising health care costs hurting higher ed funding

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Over the past few months, a number of university presidents have sat down with our editorial board to discuss what their institutions are doing and the challenges facing them.

Most of the discussions inevitably turn to funding, which is clearly the biggest challenge facing our public colleges and universities.

University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones said last week that the reason lawmakers continue to cut funding for state universities is because the universities can simply raise tuition to overcome the shortfalls. And it’s an easy fix from the perspective of lawmakers because they can go home saying they kept spending under control and didn’t cut taxes.

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