Appropriations Summary

Actual[49]

Recommended

Savings

Interdepartmental Grants:

0

0

0

Federal Funds:

0

0

0

State General Fund/General Purpose:

$248,809,787

$222,614,804

$26,194,983

Special Revenue Funds:

0

0

0

Gross Appropriation:

$248,809,787

$222,614,804

$26,194,983

The Community College budget is comprised of two types of appropriations: appropriations for the operations of Michigan's community colleges, and grant appropriations, of which there is only one for fiscal year 1995-96: the At-Risk Student Success Program. As for the first group of appropriations--the operations budgets for the colleges--substantial and immediate savings could be realized by simply retroactively indexing spending to two factors: inflation and enrollment. As it currently stands, spending has grown at a far faster rate than has enrollment and inflation--a development that calls for greater scrutiny of requests for funding increases. As for the grant appropriations, they could, and should, be immediately discontinued.