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UH students to rally at Capitol

220px-Hawaii_state_capitol_from_the_south-eastUniversity of Hawaii student leaders are planning to rally at the State Capitol Rotunda at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13 to show support for Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s executive budget, which includes millions of dollars for UH related expenses.

“I am thankful and happy to see Governor Neil Abercrombie’s support of public higher education in our state,” said Richard Mizusawa, president of the Associated Students of the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  ” Not only am I happy to see his support of the Board of Regents’ request to restore UH faculty salaries, I am also excited to have the backlog of deferred maintenance be addressed in the upcoming legislative session.”

With many schools in the UH system, including HCC, facing potential deficits next year, the extra money proposed by Abercrombie could be crucial to balancing budgets, student leaders said.

The executive budget supports numerous requests made by the Board of Regents, including paying for promised faculty raises, capital improvement requests, and other system initiatives.