Christopher J. Ortiz
Two weeks ago, the Collegian reported that the Joint Budget
Committee staff recommended a tuition increase for CSU of 40
percent. Last week, the JBC voted in favor of a 1.1-percent
This may seem confusing to some students. The reason for the
change is because the state has taken its tobacco-settlement money
in one lump sum, thus maintaining the state’s higher education
general-fund monies as before, according to a Friday Denver Post
Many may be surprised at the disparity between the original
proposed 40-percent increase and the 1.1-percent increase passed
last week. This difference demonstrates the uneven footing higher
education institutions are standing on in the state. Anything could
happen, and the legislature is stretching to find solutions.
But using the tobacco-settlement money to fix the state’s budget
problem this year is like putting pots and pans under a leaky roof,
instead of solving the problem at its source by patching the roof’s
Of course, no one wants to see unnecessary tuition increases.
But if the level of the education that students receive at CSU is
tarnished, increases may be necessary.