As the state legislature edges closer to releasing a budget in the coming weeks, a new report by the Budget and Policy Center makes clear that Washington has been among the worst in maintaining sufficient funding for higher education.  The report (which you can read here) shows that the state’s refusal to enact meaningful revenue reform has resulted in unusually high cuts to our higher education system, resulting in much steeper tuition/fee increases than other states.  UAW Local 4121 is working in coalition with other unions and community groups calling on the legislature to enact common sense reforms that allow the revenue burden to be shared more equally and result in dedicated higher ed funding, including ending outdated tax breaks that advantage the economically prosperous rather than across-the-board tuition/fee increases.

UAW members have started speaking out about the need to raise revenue for higher education at Town Hall meetings with state legislators.  Please join with other ASEs in attending these upcoming Town Halls and speaking out in support of higher education:

Saturday March 23rd: Residents of Central Area, Beacon Hill, Rainier Valley, North Renton (37th District)

  • 10:00 a.m. Garfield Community Center 2323 E Cherry.

Saturday March 30th: Residents of University District, Capitol Hill, Wallingford, Fremont (43rd District)

  • 10:30 – noon: University Heights Community Center (5031 University Way NE)
  • 1:00  – 3:00 p.m.: St. John United Lutheran Church (5515 Phinney Ave N)
  • 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.: Seattle First Baptist Church (1111 Harvard Ave)

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