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Visualizing a Billion and a Trillion Dollars

BY MARTIN KICH Any budget number can be made to sound exorbitant if doing so serves a political purpose. But the scope of our governmental budgets, as well as the scope of our economy, has long exceeded the ability of most of us to grasp the numbers—both viscerally and intellectually—in any meaningful way. Given the…

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Alaska-Anchorage Senate Votes No Confidence in President

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH Writing for Alaska Dispatch News, Tegan Hanlon reports: “The University of Alaska Anchorage Faculty Senate on Friday [January 20} voted no confidence in the leadership of the university system president, Jim Johnsen, saying faculty turnover had increased and morale had plummeted during Johnsen’s time in office. “The resolution, a nonbinding expression…

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The $48 Fix: Reclaiming California’s Master Plan

BY HANK REICHMAN Privatization has failed.  But a tuition-free college education in California is possible. That was the message this morning at a press conference in Berkeley introducing a new policy paper demonstrating how it is entirely feasible to provide today’s students with the same accessible low-cost university experience that California successfully offered its students…