State support for higher education is slipping with one large exception at the University of Delaware. One department, actually one individual, at the university is slated for a 38% increase according to the latest draft of the state budget. This is in contrast to the state contribution for university operating expenses falling from about 21% in 2000 to about 12%, according to the University’s 2015 Investment Office Annual Report.
The currently proposed 2017 Fiscal Year proposed budget consists of fifty-nine pages of tables of budget numbers by department, and two hundred and twenty-six pages of “epilogue” language. The epilogue pages are similar to footnotes and most of it is innocuous and a pretty boring read. It can also be a place where bad policy goes to hide.
This may be the case with Section 285, page 199, which reads:
Section 285. Section 1 of this Act makes an appropriation…
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