UA Students and Dems Rally Against Cuts
UAS Student Government led a rally outside the Capitol with a loud and clear message to the legislature: the University of Alaska is important to all Alaskans. “Keep Bright Stars in Alaska” was in response to a proposed more than $50 million in cuts to the UA budget from The House Finance Subcommittee. That number has since been reduced to closer to $25 million. More than fifty people attended the March 5 noon event, organized by The Coalition of Student Leaders. In addition to students from the three main MAU’s, other speakers included Rep. Sam Kito III, D-Juneau, Rep. Adam Wool, whose Fairbanks district includes UAF, and Anchorage Representative Berta Gardner. UAS Chancellor Emeritus John Pugh addressed how UA has met the challenge from the legislature to produce teachers, engineers, miners, and nurses. The Coalition of Student Leaders is a non-partisan coalition made up of students from across the University system who believe in the power of higher education for the State of Alaska.
Here is the latest schedule to testify on the budget: Monday, March 7: 3:45 - 5:30 Juneau, Tuesday, March 8 10:00 - 11:00 Bethel, Nome, Kotzebue, Unalaska, 11:15 - 12:00 Barrow, Tok, Delta Junction 1:00 - 2:00, Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, 2:15 - 3:30, Sitka, Cordova, Valdez 3:45 - 5:30. Statewide Teleconference - Offnet sites
You can find the location of your local Legislative Information Office (LIO) at this link: http://akleg.gov/lios.php. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the end of the allotted time period or testimony will close early. Tell the legislators why UAS and post-secondary education in SE Alaska is vital to our economic, social, and cultural life.