February 28: Please urge NO on S.B. 255
Please reach out to the Senate Education Committee about a concerning bill Senator Howard Stephenson released Friday, Feb. 24, that would cap higher education funding for five years. You can read the bill at: http://le.utah.gov/~2017/bills/static/SB0255.html.
Every Utah institution of higher education is concerned about this bill. Our two main concerns about it are:
- It would tie the hands of the legislature in balancing the budget.
- While trying to keep tuition from increasing at a time of continued student growth, relying on the general fund for all higher education budget increases is very risky; a shortfall could result in higher tuition increases.
If you could please reach out to any of the following legislators, encouraging them to vote against this bill as soon as possible, it would be very helpful:
Senator Ann Millner (R), Chair – firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Stuart Adams – email@example.com
Senator Diedre Henderson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Lyle Hillyard – email@example.com
Senator Jani Iwamoto – firstname.lastname@example.org
President Niederhauser - email@example.com
Thank you for all you do!