Mortgaging, squeezing, railroading: running out of metaphors to describe education budget cuts

Laurie Roberts’ analysis of Arizona’s education cuts by myopic legislators, for once puts things in perspective. It also adds to the pile of colorful ways to describe what Arizona faces if it goes through with the proposed budget cuts.

Sure, everyone’s trying to do more with less, but more powerful than the metaphors is how a writer can put things in perspective:

“Put another way, the state would be supplying $358 less to educate today’s college student than it did 20 years ago. Adjusted for inflation, the state is kicking in roughly half of what it contributed 20 years ago.”

Of course she also notes that  “the ripest, juiciest and most available budget that can be squeezed” has always been the universities.

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