Dr. Russell Kitchner, Vice President, Regulatory and Governmental Relations
The November 2014 elections gave the Republicans an overwhelming majority in the House and a working (but not filibuster-proof) majority in the Senate. Since then, countless pundits and political observers have speculated on the cause(s) and their implications. I will stipulate that the notion “all politics are local” does not apply when the president is generally unpopular due to issues with his Affordable Care Act initiative, how it became law and was implemented, and how the Democrats managed their related political agenda.
Based on historical trends, last week’s midterm election results should not have been a surprise to anyone. The party of the incumbent president has lost an average of 30 seats in the House and four in the Senate over the past 21 elections with only two elections where the president’s party has gained seats in both houses.
In 1796, the last full year of George Washington’s presidency, the citizens of the United States honored their first president by celebrating his birthday, February 22nd. From the celebration in 1796 sprung a tradition of honoring President Washington by celebrating his birthday. By the early 1800s, wealthy Americans were celebrating Washington’s birthday with lavish parties and receptions; the average American commemorated the holiday by gathering with friends for picnics or a couple of drinks at the local bar.
On Monday, December 15, fifteen higher ed associations sent a letter to Congress asking that a portion of the Obama economic stimulus plan be allocated to higher education. The letter indicates that 18 million Americans are attending higher education institutions, and since 18 million represents six percent of all Americans, a corresponding six percent of the allocation should go to higher ed.
The College Board has published an annual report on college pricing since 1998. The report looks at tuition and fees, room and board, and other related costs at colleges in the United States. It also reviews the net price of college after subtracting financial aid grants to students. Colleges are categorized as public four-year, public two-year, and private non-profit four year.