Why Alaska Gov. Thinks State Universities Need Huge Budget Cuts

Why Alaska Gov. Thinks State Universities Need Huge Budget Cuts
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The situation is grim: The University of Alaska system is facing a financial crisis because Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy decided to cut its state funding by 41 percent. On Tuesday the system's board will have to figure out what a new, smaller university should look like. 

Dunleavy joins a growing list of governors, most of them Republicans, who have recently singled out public higher education for cuts, often in an effort to curb government spending while also taking aim at common right-wing targets, like administrative bloat and supposedly extreme-liberal professors.

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