Bronco Advocacy Newsletter
Catch up on the latest news from Government Affairs in the Bronco Advocacy Network newsletter.
President tells legislators investing in education will boost state economy
An ardent pitch to legislators to better "invest in your sons and daughters of the state" by returning higher education funding to pre-recession levels was delivered to the Michigan House Higher Education and Community Colleges Appropriations Subcommittee by WMU President Edward Montgomery on Feb. 14.
In the biannual opportunity the subcommittee offers to university and college presidents to make their cases for resources, Montgomery pointed out that state per-student funding has fallen 42 percent since 2002--from about $9,500/per student to $5,500/per student. That level of support gives Michigan a ranking of 43rd among states in per capita state support for its universities.
"We've made a set of choices to eschew investing on a continual basis, putting the burden on our young people and struggling families," Montgomery said. "And just as sure as not investing in physical infrastructure erodes our ability to compete in the long run as a state, not investing in the human infrastructure has exactly the same consequences."
View President Montgomery's testimony beginning at the 1:06:19 mark in this video.
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Bronco Gubernatorial appointments
Congratulations to the following Broncos selected for gubernatorial appointments
- Charles Tackett, of Kalamazoo, Fire Fighters Training Council.
- Brian Gard, of Rockford, School Safety Task Force.
- Julie Silver, of Royal Oak, Michigan Board of Acupuncture.
- Robert Scolnik, of Norton Shores, Commission on Community Action and Economic Opportunity.
- Brian Eggers, of Linwood, Underground Storage Tank Authority Board.
The governor's office is always seeking qualified candidates to serve on boards and commissions. Learn how to apply via the governor's Appointments website.
BRONCOS IN THE michigan LEGISLATURE
- Sen. Tom Barrett (R-Potterville)
- Sen. Kim LaSata (R-Bainbridge Township)
- Sen. Michael McDonald (R-Macomb Township)
- Sen. Sean McCann (D-Kalamazoo)