The state's cuts in programs and announced layoffs to balance the budget are not equitable, by a margin of 63 percent to 36 percent, according to responses to SUNDIAL. The count was 362 to 209 among 571 callers.
A proposition that the legislature should convene to discuss raising taxes was favored by only 242 of 569 callers (42 percent), while 327 callers (57 percent) were opposed.
Nearly 73 percent of the callers, or 408 out of 559, said layoffs done without regard to seniority are inequitable, while 151 callers (27 percent) termed the process equitable.
With state budget cuts wreaking havoc among Maryland's public colleges, Secretary of Higher Education Shaila Aery is asking state college and university presidents whether some of their institutions could become quasi-private schools. That would mean state aid to the schools would dramatically decrease, although tuition for students at those schools would increase -- in some cases double.
Today, The Evening Sun would like to know whether you think state colleges and universities should convert to private schools.
The call is local, and must be made on a Touch-Tone phone. Answers will be registered between 10 a.m. and midnight. The SUNDIAL phone number is 783-1800 or, in Anne Arundel County, 268-7736. When you reach SUNDIAL, enter category 4600 and wait for instructions.