Lawmakers react to partial restoration of University of Alaska funding
Relief to see a level of certainty for UA, concerns remain about impact of potential future cuts

JUNEAU – Members of the Alaska House Majority today released the following statements on the governor’s decision to back away from his previous proposal to drastically reduce University of Alaska funding in one year:

“I thank the thousands of Alaskans who stood strong behind the Legislature as it pushed back against the governor’s damaging budget. Your voices made the difference.

While I am supremely grateful that the University of Alaska will not face such drastic cuts today, these vetoes never should have happened in the first place. I remain concerned about the potential impacts of future reductions, and I firmly stand by the legislature’s role as the appropriating body.”
House Speaker Bryce Edgmon (I-Dillingham)

“The prospect of removing $135 million from the University of Alaska budget created an unnecessary crisis. While I am relieved to see a level of certainty for the university system, the possibility of $70 million in additional cuts in the coming years is troubling and needs to be closely examined.”
Rep. Adam Wool (D-Fairbanks)

“I am pleased that the governor partially restored funding for the University of Alaska and am hopeful that a three-year stepdown process will allow the university to plan for a successful future that preserves its role as an economic driver for our state. I thank all the university supporters who are fighting to keep UA intact.”
Rep. Steve Thompson (R-Fairbanks)

“Alaskans deserve a strong university system. I thank everyone who stood tall for our students, professors, and economy. If citizens wonder whether their voices carry any weight with policymakers, today’s decision makes it abundantly clear that they do.”
Rep. Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage)

CONTACT
Austin Baird
Communications Director, Alaska House Majority
(907) 465-9716
Austin.Baird@akleg.gov