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Student leaders show support for UH budget

UH student leaders gather outside the Capitol Monday

UH student leaders gather outside the Capitol Monday

Updated Jan. 15, 2014

Kaleo Gagne

Ka Lā Staff

The president of the Associated Students of the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa ASUH senators, students and state Rep. Takashi Ohno gathered in the State Capitol Rotunda on Monday to show of support for the executive budget that Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s announced last month.

ASUH President Richard Mizusawa praised the governor for his support of  higher education in Hawaii.

“Not only am I elated 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.  As many students have noted, the atmosphere of the campus is an important issue, not only for aesthetics but also for educational support, our health and safety,” Mizusawa said.

Mizusawa and student supporters took time out of their first day of the 2014 spring semester to urge state legislators to support all UH students, including those in the community college system.

“As president of the ASUH Senate, my fellow elected student leaders and I have a commitment to ensure that the student voice is heard not only by our university administration but also by our state legislators who have a tremendous impact on student life at the University of Hawaii,” Mizusawa said.

How will this affect Honolulu Community College?

At the HonCC college meeting that happened on Friday, Jan. 10, faculty and staff members were wanted that HCC, like all schools in the system, could be facing a budget shortfall next year.  That could mean fewer classes, frozen budgets and other cuts across the board.

One cause of the shortfall could be faculty pay raises that are coming due.  These were The promised when MRC Greenwood was president of the University of Hawaii System. Abercrombie’s budget proposal would give UH enough money to pay for those raises, but the Legislature, which starts its four-month session on Wednesday, must approve any funding first.

So the students gathered at the Capitol to start the ball rolling in a positive direction for the UH System, especially HonCC. If the budget is passed, HonCC’s budget will have some reprieve within the next several months.