Call for Action to Contact State Legislators
in Support of Higher Education
Record Crowds at Higher Ed
Day Deliver Emphatic Message
of students and faculty from Jacksonville
joined counterparts from across the state for a spirited Higher Ed Day rally to
protest massive cuts in Gov. Riley’s proposed 2008-2009 education budget. Known as House Bill 319, the Riley budget
would reduce state funding to JSU by a whopping 13.5 percent. That translates into $6.5 million less for
calling for equitable cuts across the education spectrum, university leaders
emphasize that we are willing to shoulder our fair share of the burden caused
by the downturn in the economy. While
higher ed’s current portion of the proposed cuts is in double digits, K-12
budgets are being reduced just 2 percent.
have been working since the legislative session began to emphasize how
critically important it is that ALL levels of education be treated fairly.
message resounded in the halls of the State House when the record crowd of
Higher Ed Day participants converged on the Capitol. A number of key legislative leaders commended
the campus delegations for a concise, effective, common-sense message.
Call To Action
questions remain before the Legislature finalizes next year’s budget. Momentum generated by the boisterous rally
last week needs to be sustained until the budget process is completed during
the next two months. It is crucial that
you contact your legislators – both House and Senate members – as well as the
leadership in both chambers. Your
personal letters, emails and telephone calls are the most effective strategy to
deliver your message!
take a few minutes today to make those contacts. To find your legislators, go to http://www.legislature.state.al.us/misc/zipsearch.html
and enter your zip code. Following is a
set of concise talking points you can use in delivering your message.
Talking Points for Your
Discussion with Legislators
The proposed Education Budget is not acceptable and
Higher Ed must be included in any budget negotiations.
Higher Ed is prepared to take our pro rata share of the cuts, but we cannot take a step backward and
jeopardize the state’s economic growth.
All segments of education must be treated EQUITABLY.
each Legislator’s firm commitment
to find and vote for a solution to the budget problem that is fair and
4-year Universities receive only about 20% of the education budget but are
being hit with over 50% of the cuts!
University endowments are restricted by law and cannot
be used to cover the shortfall.
Huge tuition increases of 25% or more would be required, slamming the door to higher
education on Alabama
This is the wrong
time to add new programs in the education budget; the Governor’s plan adds
$50+ million in assorted new programs that our state cannot afford now.
While the Governor has declared he will not raise
taxes, the fact is this: forcing massive
tuition increases creates an impossible financial burden that straps the very
same middle-class families he pledges to help!
The Governor and industry recruiters know a primary
tool to attract and retain new businesses is a well trained workforce. That has become our success, and it is now
Alabama cannot afford to lose jobs or
The Higher Education Partnership
and The University of Alabama’s Government Relations Office contributed to this
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