Austerity Is Crap: A Brief History of the '#USM Future' Protest Movement

 To set the scene: USM, like most public universities in the United States, was seeing annual tuition hikes, while simultaneously cutting faculty, staff, and fighting back against staff unionization. Post 9-11, Democrats were obsessed with being the party of "fiscal responsibility" in order to win some sort of imaginary political messaging game against the Republicans, despite the Democrats holding control over all three branches of Government in Maine. Our "fiscally responsible" Democrats oversaw the giving away of tax dollars to business, under the pretext of jobs and growth. This lost revenue, with the addition of accounting errors in the Department of Health and Human Services led to a budget shortfall, which rather than addressing this budget shortfall through minor restructuring... read more
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Austerity Is Crap: A Brief History of the '#USM Future' Protest Movement