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Feb 18, 2011 4:05 PM by Irina Cates (KPAX News)

UM students to Legislature: don't cut education money

MISSOULA - Some University of Montana students say that in order to help get the state's economy turned around, the legislature needs to support education and not make cuts to it.

The legislature is proposing to cut $32 million from the Governor Shweitzer's proposed budget and student say the cuts could result in 16% to 18% tuition hikes over the next two years.

ASUM says taxing higher education will affect students and their family's ability to pay for school.

"We need to provide the accessibility and the affordability and at the same time maintain the excellence in order to create a work force here in Montana, to continue to keep us out of debt and push into the 21st Century," says Jeffrey Edmunds, ASUM Senator and a Legislative Intern.

Four buses will take students from the Adams Center in Missoula to Helena to lobby legislators on Monday.

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