Speaker Kirk Adams’ Statement On Recent ABOR Actions

For Immediate Release: Friday, March 12, 2010

The following statement is attributed to Speaker Kirk Adams on recent Arizona Board of Regents actions:

“Over the last two days, the Board of Regents has tackled difficult issues regarding the future financial position of our public universities and the impacts of their decisions on our students, their parents, and faculty. Our state’s financial troubles, coupled with increased demand and higher costs, require the Board to seek fiscal alternatives that will hopefully protect the quality and integrity of our public universities. Their continued leadership will ensure that our public universities do not eliminate valuable public services that not only move our economy forward but allow our citizenry access to a better life while still seeking efficiencies in the system.

Today, the Board of Regents directed the University Presidents to develop an implementation plan to reduce state supported salaries by 2.75 percent by May 2010. This gesture of solidarity and recognition that other state employees are losing pay and will be furloughed in the next three years demonstrates that the Regents are aware that everyone must contribute to the difficult solutions that we have made as we resolve Arizona’s worst fiscal crisis ever.

I encourage the Regents in their efforts to analyze universities’ operating budgets for cost efficiencies and look forward to working with the Board of Regents, President Crow, President Haegar and President Shelton as we pursue higher education reform. Last year, I supported the Regents, “Arizona Productivity Improvement Imperative” and am extremely proud of Arizona’s $1.5 million grant from the Lumina Foundation. In my letter of support, I stated that economic development depends in great part on innovation and access to a skilled and prepared workforce. I believe that our higher education system can meet that challenge through a student centered system that produces more degrees at a lower cost and a finance model that optimizes productivity.

Now that the FY2011 budget is near to completion, the Legislature must focus its attention on economic recovery and job creation. HB2250 will create the groundwork toward a strong and diversified Arizona economy. To that end, we must also partner with an equally strong higher education system — one that recruits and trains the talent necessary to meet workforce demands. Next month, I will visit each of our three universities and meet with institutional and business leaders to develop a strategy to combine our respective resources toward the common goal – a long-term, sustainable and prosperous economy.”


Comments

  1. If you really want to reform higher education financing, give Arizona students vouchers good at any college in the state that are valued at the current difference between in-state and out-state tuition. That will bring real competition to higher education, increase student choices, make colleges more responsive to student needs, and reduce costs.

    Kirk Adams is talking about just applying tweaks to a weak system instead of using the budget crisis to really restructure state funding of higher education. He can try to make tremendous improvements in reducing costs while increasing quality. Instead, he opts for more of the same.

    What weak leadership!

  2. When are Kirk Adams and his buddies going to take a pay cut at his job down at the Copper Dome? I’ll believe he is serious about cutting the state budget when he stands up and puts a pay cut into the budget for himself.

    ron

  3. Lenny Bruce says

    The Board of Regents might want to take a good hard look at ASU Facilities Management Dept. The dead weight there is almost comical. It takes two electricians to change one light bulb. There’s a “FAUX” Building Inspection dept, If the inspectors reject too much work and hold up a project , well, there down the road!Building Inspection should be third party, independent. Actually most of the maintenance should be outsorced and save tax payers a ton of $.

  4. Apple now has Rhapsody as an app, which is a great start, but it is currently hampered by the inability to store locally on your iPod, and has a dismal 64kbps bit rate. If this changes, then it will somewhat negate this advantage for the Zune, but the 10 songs per month will still be a big plus in Zune Pass’ favor.

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