Too Early to Gauge Election Impact on Higher Education
Because term limits required a literal overhaul of the Michigan legislature, it was obvious heading into yesterday's election that change would be the predominant theme in the state, regardless of which candidates and parties claimed victory. In the House, 83 of the 110 members are new. In the Senate, it is 29 of 38. Only one Upper Peninsula delegate is returning. But also important to higher education is a shift in leadership—not only in the governor's seat, but also with the chairs of appropriation in the House and Senate and the chair of the higher education funding subcommittee. What impact will this have on NMU?
"It's a little hard to know, quite frankly, because no one had really spoken out on higher education before the election," said David Haynes (Political Science and Public Administration). "This kind of change in our country happens in cycles. With change comes new people with new ideas. It presents both an opportunity and a challenge to educate new members on the issues facing your institution. Northern will have to work with new members to make sure they know about the unversity and its mission, strengths and needs.
Haynes, colleague William Ball and Tom Baldini, district director for Congressman Bart Stupak, will dissect the 2010 regional, state and national election results from 3-5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8, in Mead Auditorium.