College students fight higher ed budget cuts

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) - College students rallied at the state capitol today against budget cuts for state colleges and universities that could open the door to double-digit tuition increases.
Aaron “Jack” Wylie of the Associated Students of Colorado says students are already struggling to make it and the state shouldn't balance the budget on their backs.
State lawmakers are considering cutting about $425 million from higher education in the next fiscal year, a 60 percent reduction from this year.
About $100 million of that is expected to be offset by federal stimulus money. Members of the state's joint budget committee would like to restore another $300 million of those cuts by taking $500
million from the surplus accumulated by Pinnacol Assurance, the state-created workers' compensation insurance company.
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