Once again we reach the summer season with our elected state legislators fighting in Nashville with each other, the governor and anyone who supports higher education.
The most recent funding talks in the Legislative Plaza are pretty disturbing to an already frazzled UT community - and considering the current goings on, that's pretty amazing.
Our higher-education-loving buddies in Nashville have decided that since we're having a few personnel problems (embellishing administrator here, jump-ship president there), they ought not to fund the research initiatives and building projects like they pr
omised last year.
Sure the General Assembly has a big task on its hands in trying to find some way to fund Gov. Don Sundquist's $19.9 billion budget.
Sure state legislators are being beaten in the face with the $900 million-revenue-shortfall stick.
But there's no reason for our lawmakers to go and cut program funding they've already promised just because.
Last year the legislature awarded UT its first $7.5 million installment, but this year lawmakers are holding back, trying to see if we really deserve it.
Granted, UT is in a mess, but state lawmakers should look at our self-inflicted wounds and consider us duly punished.
Anything more - especially funding cuts - would just be brutal.
Legislative logic tells the General Assembly that since the man behind the ideas has departed, so has the potential of the various centers of excellence and their ability to wisely use $30 million ($7.5 million a year over four years) of the state's money
.
This legislative logic tells them that they can go back on their word.
But we like to use electoral logic, and electoral logic tells us that we can vote out those who just don't deliver what they promise.