Tuesday, May 12, 2009

School's out for summer?

With the distractions of the Swine Flu and ASUA $1 million concert disaster, as well as finals week and the mass exodus that follows, it would be easy to forget what is still on the table. Despite all the backroom and closed door meetings certain members of the AZ legislature have held, they still have not arrived at a consensus on the budget.

Fortunately, some TUSD employees - who had previously been given pre-pink slips in anticipation of budget shortfalls- are now going to be allowed to keep their jobs: http://www.azstarnet.com/allheadlines/292005.php

Although there was some collective relief at Gov. Brewer's indication that she planned to accept stimulus money (a condition of which is maintaining current funding levels for higher ed), it seems like certain legislators are strongly resisting one part of her 5 part economic plan: tax increases. Meanwhile, plans are being made to 'sweep' university funds back to the state government: http://www.externalrelations.arizona.edu/government_state_update.cfm

Once finals are over, take a moment to register yourself to vote in AZ if you haven't already done it. Then write a letter to your elected officials and demand that they represent your interests. Don't let the lazy days of summer turn into complacency.

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