Thank you for your editorial on Monday April 2 entitled “Our View: Time for legislators to fix the university funding gap.”
This issue is critically important to ASU students and it should be important to all Arizona taxpayers. ASU produces more than half of this state’s public higher education degrees and reports from the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) show that graduates of ASU earn more money and thus pay more in taxes than graduates of our other two institutions. That ASU is not receiving our tax dollars back in an equitable manner is unacceptable.
It is also unacceptable that it was just last year that our legislators directed ABOR to create a plan to fix this disparity but now, those same legislators are ignoring the report and subsequent budget requests to fix this systemic issue. The plan, that was agreed upon by the university presidents, elected student leaders, and ABOR, calls for a five-year phasing in of $60 million to ASU and $15 million to NAU which still equates to less than 20 percent of the over $400 million in cuts the universities have suffered in the past three years.
It is time for our legislators to finish what they started and invest more in higher education. The students of ASU ask you to support us by contacting your legislators and asking them to include the disparity funding fix in the fiscal year 2013 budget.
VP of External Affairs, Graduate and Professional Student Association, ASU