An educated workforce is critical in today's economy, but today too many families cannot afford to send their children to college because of prohibitive costs and skyrocketing tuition. College tuition in Texas public colleges has risen more than 63% since 2003, far faster than financial aid and family incomes. I will work to make both two year and four year programs more affordable. Texas students should have an opportunity to pay little or no tuition with a public service commitment after school.College employees aren't underpaid by any stretch, and salaries are just part of it. If I use the TRS online calculator and plug in someone making "just" $50,000, who started work at 24 and retired at age 54, we find a guaranteed $3000/month pension, which will automatically increase each year based on inflation. On top of that that they get lifetime medical benefits. A 30+ year free ride on the taxpayers and tuition payers.
I'll repeat it again: Take away the Sallie Mae punch bowl. Starve the beast. This will force admins and legislators to reign in costs and make college affordable again. Skeptical? Tell me that removing the punchbowl from the housing market didn't make houses affordable.