It’s time for the Battle of the Budget in North Carolina — the budget for the UNC System, that is. To no one’s surprise, system president Tom Ross and his allies want a substantial increase in funds (4.6 percent). At about the same time, a new lobbying group that intends to pry as much money as possible for the system out of the General Assembly has been formed. But Governor McCrory’s budget director, Art Pope, as declared the requested increase to be unrealistic.
In today’s Pope Center piece, Jenna Robinson and Jay Schalin discuss the issues involved and deal unsympathetically with the claim that educational quality will fall unless the universities get all the money they want.