Arizona students rally in protest of major budget cuts

PHOENIX - Students at Arizona universities rallied in full force at various campuses throughout the state Wednesday, chanting and marching to show their opposition to the proposed $235 million in cuts to university budgets.

The Senate's budget proposal seeks to cut university funding by $235 million, $65 million more than the cuts already proposed by Governor Jan Brewer.

If passed, Arizona State University will be cut $107 million, University of Arizona will be cut $92 million and Northern Arizona University will be cut $36 million, according to a Tuesday news release.

The Arizona Students' Association organized the rallies at ASU, NAU, and U of A.

Students gathering near Memorial Union on ASU's Tempe campus spent part of their time reaching out to other students to make sure they understand what the cuts could mean.

"We don't support any cut to education," said Abby Henderson with the ASA. "But we were expecting $170 million and then the Senate cut another $65 million while we were on spring break."

At least one student told ABC15 that if the cuts come about then she will likely be unable to afford to continue her education at ASU.

The House has yet to vote on the bill. Once that is done, Brewer must sign it for it to be official.


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