Illinois state universities seem to be advocating to keep the state’s “temporary” income tax increase.
The universities said losing a projected $1.5 billion in revenue would mean less teachers, more classes taught by adjunct professors, fewer courses and lowered graduate program assistance. It would also stunt poorer students ability to get degrees and encourage students to attend schools in other states.
Despite an increase in tuition over the past years, public universities say they’re still having problems paying for daily operations.
Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard told the senate appropriations committee that "Our tuition has doubled over the last several years at our institution as well as most others. We had to make up for that loss of state funds and these families just can’t afford it. The average family income in southern Illinois is $36,000 a year," he said.
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