Tuesday, April 24, 2012
CONTACT: Joanne Kron, Executive Director at 303-991-1900

BOULDER: As surrogates for Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney launched hypocritical attacks on President Barack Obama on the occasion of Obama’s speech at the University of Colorado at Boulder today, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, called on Romney to tell the truth about his own terrible record on higher education.

“According to the nonpartisan Boston Foundation, in fiscal year 2005, near the end of Mitt Romney’s time in office, Massachusetts ranked near the very bottom, 47th in state funding for public higher education,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Joanne Kron. “Under Gov. Mitt Romney, Massachusetts actually decreased its per capita taxpayer funding for public higher education by 28% between the 2000 and 2005 fiscal years.” 1

During the same time period, the average tuition for the public University of Massachusetts system skyrocketed from under $4,700 to approximately $8,700. 2

“Romney claims to be a supporter of education, when his record shows he cut tens of millions of dollars from his state’s higher education budget, especially when times were tough in 2003-2005,” said Kron. “It’s laughable for him to campaign as a supporter of education when his record shows that on education, like everything else, Mitt Romney only cares about the highest bidder. While the Ivy League raked in money, Romney let public higher education starve and asked students to make up the difference.”


“CU-Boulder students will be paying attention to where candidates stand on higher education issues this election,” said Steve Fenberg, executive director of New Era Colorado. “Slashing public support for higher education while jacking up tuition is nothing to be proud of. Romney’s education record won’t appeal to students.”

“Education funding,” said Kron, “is just the latest issue on which Romney’s hypocrisy knows no bounds.”