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Legislators in the House of Representatives, for example, have managed to trim the $219 million in budget reductions planned for higher education this year back to a less caustic $160 million. That’s still drastic, but a less unnerving amount — around a quarter less.

Then we see the news from late Monday that shows an increase in the student burden of funding higher education by $29 million statewide with tuition increases of 5 percent, and we are forced to ask ourselves what the ultimate outcome will be.

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