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From a 7/1/19 article on www.insidehighered.com: “Governor Mike Dunleavy had previously promised extensive cuts to the state’s operating budget, which university leaders, working with legislators, thought they had averted. But on Friday (June 28), Dunleavy vetoed portions of the budget passed by the Legislature — taking the largest chunk from the University of Alaska system. The veto resulted in the university losing $130 million in state support.”
The president of the organization which accredits UA “wrote in a letter to the Alaska Legislature, ‘Failure to properly fund these institutions could have disastrous effects, including the potential loss of accreditation, that could be felt for generations…'” www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/07/10/
Various groups and individuals in Sitka and around the state have spoken out about the potential effects of the budget cuts. Among those impacted (besides the university) are expected to be low-income, vulnerable Alaskans, children and arts organizations such as SFAC.
On Tuesday, July 9th, Sitkans carrying placards demonstrated at the Roundabout in support of UAS and others expected to be hit hard, receiving honks from passing motorists. Local documentary filmmaker Ellen Frankenstein posted 14 Miles’ firsthand video of the demonstration & the protesters at www.facebook.com/14miles/videos/460646081169989/
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