Brummett explains how a billion-dollar state surplus turns into a forced state spending cut. Yes, it’s a relatively small cut, but tell that to the colleges, such as UAF, which expects fewer state dollars next year than this. (Plenty more student tuition dollars, however, and you can be sure there’ll be no trims in the ranks of quarter-of-a-million-dollar administrators.)

Speaking of college and the latest round of tuition increases, the NY Times notes that it’s getting harder to find college financing options.