I’ll admit to being hopeful when I read that Democrat gubernatorial candidate Ryan Taylor had picked a woman with an extensive background in higher education as his running mate. I had hope that perhaps this candidate, whatever my ideological differences in him, actually recognized the systemic problems in higher education and was going to make an issue out of reforming them during his campaign.
Sadly, that’s not the case. When asked whether or not the state’s university system, perhaps the most broken branch of our state government, needed reform Taylor said no. He doesn’t want reform.
He just wants to toss the rascals out and replace them with his own rascals.
Q. There has been vocal criticism of the state Board of Higher Education. Do you think it’s time to change the structure of higher education in the state (and if so, how?) or do you think the current system works but is undergoing some setbacks?
A. I think there’s a reason we have the current system … to remove politics from it. Now one thing I think is having had 20 years of one party control of the executive seat in North Dakota … I think we would benefit from shuffling the deck and that would come with a new administration.
I think we should find a board of higher education that is dedicated to students. I think these are positions that should be much more meaningful than just a political appointment. I think we would benefit from changing administrations.
Even though the board is separate from the governor, I think the governor still needs to be a strong enough voice that they know where the buck stops.
The system is ok, as long as Democrats are running things.
Ryan Taylor would have you believe that he wants to clean up state government, but from this answer that doesn’t seem to be true. He’s not against cronyism. He just wants to run things to the benefit of his own cronies.
By the way, Taylor also wants the legislature to be in session longer and more often:
The Legislature itself has been averse to the idea of annual sessions, but I think more and more we’re finding out that biennial process is too long with the speed of change.
Taylor says he wants annual sessions, and more special sessions, which would all but have the state governed by a full-time legislature.
Keep in mind that our state government has grown at a pace faster than the federal government over the last decade. That’s a reason to be something less-than-happy with current Republican leadership, but Taylor would apparently have us doing more.