-- Call to Action - Contact Your Legislators!
Save YOUR University - Here is a full list of legislator email addresses.
On Friday, June 28 the governor vetoed the state-funded portion of the university operating budget by $130 million. When combined with the $5 million cut previously approved by the legislature, we are being asked to cut $135 million, or 41% from our current state funding level of $327 million The only possible recourse to this budget veto is to seek a legislative override and ask our legislators to support UA's state funded budget of $322 million – the amount approved by both the House and the Senate.
Please ask your legislators to affirm their support for the university by voting to override this veto. If not overridden, this veto will cause institutional and reputational impact long into the future.
Key messages to Legislators on FY20 veto
Phone or email your legislator and tell them why the university is critical to Alaska’s future and ask them to vote to overturn the governor’s veto. Be UA Strong and stand up, speak out!
Please use your own time and resources.
What you could say:
- Please exercise your constitutional right to override this veto and protect the future of Alaska.
- The $130 million veto from the University of Alaska’s FY20 operating budget will devastate one of Alaska’s most important economic development institutions.
- When combined with the $5 million cut previously approved by the legislature, Alaska’s only public higher education institution is being asked to cut $135 million or 41% in the fiscal year beginning July 1.
- These unprecedented cuts will cripple this institution, our state’s economy, and future opportunities for Alaskans. Simply put, if not overridden, this veto will cause institutional and reputational impact long into the future.
- Reductions of this magnitude will impact every aspect of our mission and necessitate deep cuts to educational programs, essential research and community services all over the state.
- At these budget levels, at lease an additional 1,300 staff and faculty will lose their jobs. Not a single campus will be unaffected, and will likely result in the need to shutter some community campuses outright.
- State investment is essential to our ability to raise the other nearly 60% of our budget – from student tuition, service fees, research revenue, alumni, private and other philanthropic giving. That in turn will result in additional cuts to positions and services.
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