Links of the Week • January 20, 2016

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U. of Oregon Cancels Branding Contract, Will Spend Money on Academics
The Register-Guard  |  Chronicle of Higher Education
The University of Oregon announced on Wednesday that it had canceled a multimillion-dollar contract with a branding firm and planned to funnel the savings into academics.

Northeastern University, adjuncts reach labor deal
The Boston Globe

University of Minnesota faculty to file for union vote
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Change To Prop. 13 Could Be Headed For November Ballot
Capital Public Radio
A potential November ballot proposal would raise taxes on the state’s highest-value properties and spend the money on anti-poverty programs.

NYC Studies Cost of Free CUNY Community Colleges
Inside Higher Ed
The New York City Independent Budget Office released a report this week detailing how much the city could spend on offering free tuition at its seven City University of New York community colleges.

Sluggish Recovery of State Funding for Public Colleges
Inside Higher Ed

Case Could Widen Free-Speech Gap Between Unions and Corporations
New York Times
But last week’s arguments in a major challenge to public unions illuminated a gap in the Supreme Court’s treatment of capital and labor. The court has long allowed workers to refuse to finance unions’ political activities. But shareholders have no comparable right to refuse to pay for corporate political speech.

The 62 richest people have as much wealth as half the world
CNN Money