When UM System President Mun Choi revealed Friday afternoon his plan for cutting the system budget by $90 million and reconfiguring the institution for the years ahead, the pep band didn't play as it did the last time he invited us in.
After all, the band doesn’t do dirges.
We can also expect that there won’t be much, if any, talk about just who dug the budget hole Dr. Choi and his planners are trying to fill. It wasn’t an accident.
In fact, the hole was dug quite deliberately by the Republican legislative majority to benefit the state’s wealthiest and most influential taxpayers, individual and corporate.
The digging tool was a series of top-heavy tax cuts that have reduced state revenue to the point that vital services such as higher education, assistance to the needy and even maintenance of basic infrastructure have been crippled...
Read the complete column at the Missourian.