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The cost of attending the University of Tennessee has continued to rise each semester over the last 10 or more years.

This year administrators have asked for a 15 percent increase at the Knoxville campus.


State Sen. Timothy Burchett (R-District 7) has voiced his disdain at an increase saying that the present situation makes it more difficult for working families to send their children to a state school.

Talk of initiating a tuition cap in the state school system has gained some ground in the state legislature.

Perhaps that is the solution as long as government entities continue to practice little control over spending.

In a day-to-day business, excess spending means tighter controls or a change in leadership.

Granted, state schools are mandated to provide a few expeditures, but does that necessarily include a week’s paid holiday for all staff each December from Christmas through New Year’s?

That benefit alone for the 13,000-plus state school employees costs the taxpayer an estimated $4 million.

How many private business give their employees a week off each year with pay? Most companies require employees to use their accrued vacation time for time off. Why not the UT system?

Government needs to realize money isn’t free.

 

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