LAMPITT: CHRISTIE HIGHER ED CUTS WILL INCREASE TUITION RATES DURING RECESSION

Funding Cuts Make it Harder for Cash Strapped Students to Obtain Advanced Degrees; Will Hamper Efforts to Keep Best and Brightest in State

(TRENTON) — Assembly Higher Education Committee chair Pamela R. Lampitt (D-Camden) today issued the following statement in response to Gov. Chris Christie’s address to a joint session of the Legislature:

“Gov. Christie’s proposal to cut $62.1 million in higher education funding to balance this year’s budget will do so at the expense of New Jersey’s educational future.

“Any reduction in higher education funding will result in a tuition increase; something few New Jersey families can afford in the midst of a recession. Worse, this funding reduction has the potential to make the state’s excellent community college network unaffordable for working class families and unemployed residents seeking to escape the recession through job retraining.

“Additionally, the Governor’s actions today will speed New Jersey’s higher education brain drain — the best and brightest students leaving the state to attend college and not returning upon graduation.

“No matter how you approach it, these proposed higher education cuts will make it that much harder for New Jersey to recover from the economic recession both now and for years to come.”

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