Can Procurement Save Public Universities?

- March 26, 2015 1:16 PM | Categories: Governance

university Today, all across the land, public universities are facing very real pressures on a number of fronts when it comes to the dollars it takes to run these enterprises. Colleges seem to be under fire on all fronts, widely perceived as being woefully inefficient enterprises. Governors and state legislatures—most notably in Arizona, Illinois, Wisconsin, and yes, this author’s home state of Louisiana—are taking aim at public universities in their respective states, looking to slash funding to these institutions. LSU President F. King Alexander recently characterized the level of cuts being proposed for higher ed in Louisiana as being “almost cartoon-like […]

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Ferguson, Contracting, and the High “Cost of Doing Business

- March 25, 2015 9:21 AM | Categories: Uncategorized

While Jon Stewart may be bidding adieu to his seat behind the desk at the Daily Show, his former colleague John Oliver—now heading up HBO’s Last Week Tonight—may be the next comedian creating headaches for politicians. It’s likely that city officials across the country may face many tough questions—and reasonably so—based on a story reported this past Sunday night by Oliver. The piece, “Municipal Violations,” raises serious issues about how cities across the nation have come to rely on minor traffic citations and misdemeanor offenses as a primary source of revenue. It also calls into question the way municipalities are enforcing such regulations […]

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