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"Invest in Public Higher Education"

AFSCME 2836 President Jody Barr testifies before Congress.


Emphasizing that public investment in higher education makes our country more productive, grows our economy and fosters good citizenship, AFSCME Local 2836 President Jody Barr recently testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health, Human Services and Education (LHHS).

In his testimony, Barr urged the subcommittee to support the maximum Pell Grant award of $5,830 and to prioritize higher education investments, including Supplemental Opportunity Grants, Federal Work-Study, and GEAR UP.

"Public investment in higher education makes our country more productive, grows our economy and fosters good citizenship," Barr pointed out. "Making higher education available to everyone helps promote economic equality and social cohesion."

Local 2836, also known as the State University Office of Administrative Faculty (SUOAF), represents 760 nonteaching professional staff at Connecticut State Colleges and Universities.

Barr and U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (3rd District)

While appropriators are beginning to consider program funding requests, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) is preparing a budget expected to mirror his previous proposals calling for deep cuts in public services, dismantling Medicaid, and turning Medicare into a voucher system while providing enormous tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations. AFSCME has strongly opposed previous Ryan budgets.

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