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Campus initiative to draw attention to budget crisis

Published April 29, 2016

MONROE, La. — A day of mass emailing called Mission: Maroon is being planned for May 2 by ULM leadership in response to the possible losses that Louisiana higher education and healthcare are facing in the next fiscal year.

Katherine Dawson, Coordinator of Online Programs, said the day will be a specific day for students, faculty, staff, alums and the community to contact their state legislators and ask for action to support higher education and healthcare in Louisiana.

“The tone of the event isn’t to gripe at the state legislators, it’s an opportunity to speak up and have our voices heard. We want to let as many legislators as possible know that there are voters who care about higher ed and healthcare,” Dawson said.

A rally will take place in Scott Plaza on May 2nd from 11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Those who cannot come out to the Quad are encouraged to participate at home. Contact information for legislators may be found at  http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/FindMyLegislators.aspx

The Staff Senate, Faculty Senate and Student Government Association will host the day.

An estimated 30,000 Louisiana college students may lose their funding next year, according to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ most recent budget proposal. Under the proposal, higher education would also see a six percent cut, and four state hospitals would be closed.

Dawson said that President Nick Bruno has continuously encouraged students to reach out to legislators, but many emails sent within a short time frame may be more impactful. Plans for the day are big, with hopefully thousands of emails sent to legislators.

On May 3, the day after the event, representatives and business leaders from Northeast Louisiana will travel to Baton Rouge for Northern Exposure to meet at the State Capitol and discuss issues affecting the area.


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