The agony of Illinois

My father was born in Springfield Illinois. Therefore it’s was some real pain that I bring to your attention Michael Powell’s piece in the New York Times.

What is happening in Illinois is definitively not universally happening in all of the states. That said, with New York, California and Rhode Island all also in trouble, one wonders what the correlation between a corruption index (constructed in any number of pretty obvious ways) and state budget distress might be. I suspect it would be high.

The implications for state institutions of higher education are significant. I’m really worried about the University of California, not only because I’m a Golden State native, but because I have close colleagues who, as faculty members, are enduring something significantly different from what they signed up for.