This letter went out to all APSCUF members from our Legislative Director, Laura Saccente, this morning. Some of you don’t read your e-mail over the summer, and many of you (who see the blog posts on Facebook) aren’t APSCUF members.
One editorial note–this version of the letter is addressed directly to constituents of Senator Dinniman. If he’s not your Senator, you should write to your own.
Laura’s letter explains why you need to do this, so I don’t have to. Just do it.
Dear APSCUF member,In May 2011, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives approved a budget bill (House bill 1485) that would set the appropriation for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) at $427.8 million. While this is better than the originally proposed cut of 54 percent, it still represents a cut of 15 percent, or a $75 million reduction from last year’s state appropriation to PASSHE.The budget proposal is currently in the Senate, and we need you to contact your Senator and ask for additional funding restoration for PASSHE. Additional restoration could help keep a large tuition increase at bay and further reduce staff layoffs. Please contact your own member, Senator Andrew Dinniman, the Education Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (717) 787-5709.Time is very limited and the budget will be wrapping up soon, so please take five minutes to send your email or make a phone call today! Please do not use university email or stationary when making your case. If you have already contacted your senator in recent months, this is the opportunity to follow up with him or her to request restoration of PASSHE funding.When giving examples on the reason to restore funding, please consider how PASSHE has wisely used its appropriations dollars, how cuts may affect department/program cuts and class sizes, how a large tuition increase will limit the ability for some to attend, etc. I’ve also attached a general budget message sheet if you need additional talking points. Let your senator know today, before it’s too late, how the proposed cuts may impact your campus.Thank you,Laura Saccente