University of Alaska’s House Finance Subcommittee, chaired by Representative Tammie Wilson of North Pole, has proposed to cut funding toward the University of Alaska system. Gov. Bill Walker originally proposed around a $9 million cut from the university system earlier this year. The House Finance Subcommittee is looking to cut up to $26 million more on top of the $9 million Walker plans to cut.
It is important that the students, staff and faculty of UAA have their voices and opinions heard on the matter. Cuts to the University of Alaska system will have impacts on everyone. UA students are the future of Alaska. Cutting money to the universities lowers the quality of the programs offered and diminishes student’s abilities to be successful, get jobs after college and become leaders of the state. Investing in the UA system invests in the future of the state of Alaska.
The House Finance Committee will hear public testimony at the Legislative Information Offices across the state from March 3-5. The Anchorage office is located at 716 W. Fourth Ave., Suite 100. The public testimony in Anchorage will be taken on Thursday March 5 from 1-4:30 p.m. For the locations, dates and times of these meetings elsewhere, visit http://akleg.gov/lios.php.
During the week of March 9, the House Finance Committee will debate and decide on the cuts. If the cuts will be made, the Board of Regents hold the power over how these cuts will be distributed across the University of Alaska system.