State Sen. Sam McCann (R-Plainview) voted to provide a major boost to downstate universities, community colleges, and low-income students, by providing $454 million in additional funding for higher education.
“Education is the key to our future, so we can’t allow our colleges to fail,” said Sen. McCann. “This is a bipartisan compromise that will make sure their doors stay open, and our students can continue to work to create a better future for themselves and their families.”
Senate Bill 2048 uses $454 million freed up through forgiveness of inter-fund borrowing to help fund state universities, community colleges, and MAP grant scholarships.
The previously passed Senate Bill 2059, recently signed into law by the Governor, appropriated $600 million from the Educational Assistance Fund toward colleges, universities and MAP grants, providing 30 percent funding for most colleges and universities, and 42 percent of MAP grant scholarships. The major exception was Chicago State University, which received 60 percent funding.
Combined, the two bills would provide a total of more than $1 billion dollars for higher education, providing a level 60 percent funding for the entire system.
“Senate Bill 2059 was just the first step, but we were able to fight to make sure we provided the same amount of money for the entire higher education system,” said Sen. McCann. “We can’t let this be the final word. We have to find a way to use this momentum to continue the bipartisan cooperation and finally end this shameful deadlock in state government.”