“Oddly, our state governments are aggressively cutting back on education and our public libraries at the same time they are clamoring for more jobs. It's a little like cutting the lawn with weedkiller. Education provides a cornerstone of competitiveness and future prosperity.”
Ed Morrison is economic policy adviser to the Purdue Center for Regional Development. He offers some terrific ideas about innovation in economic and workforce development on his blog, Ed Morrison’s Garage. This post about public libraries caught my attention for its spot-on assessment of the current push to contain education spending and for the history of the education-economy link in the Great Lakes region.
The foundation of our first-rate colleges, universities and libraries seems to be lost on policymakers. Indiana lawmakers will insist they have maintained funding for education and libraries. In fact, they have created policies that continue to drain dollars from libraries, K-12 schools and higher education. As Morrison so succinctly notes, their actions are directly counter to job-creation efforts.