To the Editor:
Rep. Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, was wrong again, as he usually is (“Stopping higher education from incurring more debt,” March 5, 2012, The Edmond Sun).
Murphey wants to block the University of Central Oklahoma from issuing bonds to build a new building, and further to require that any university in the state that wants to issue building bonds have every project and the associated bonds be approved by the Legislature. This is a part of the “starve higher education into submission” approach taken by the current legislative regime.
Issuing revenue bonds to support building is a longstanding and useful practice for universities. It gets the job done. But Murphey and the rest of the right-wing that currently controls state government wants to use its policies to prevent Oklahoma from ever emerging from the dark ages of low educational attainment that beset it. Maybe that way it continues to vote for such folks as Murphey.