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Take Action on Proposed Cuts: Contact Your Legislators

As you are probably aware, Pennsylvania legislators are in the process of developing the state budget for 2012–2013 that may include significant cuts in funding to IUP and other state-owned institutions of higher education.

For 2012-2013, the governor’s budget proposal calls for a cut of 20 percent--more than $82-million--in the state allocation to the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. If the final cut is anywhere near as drastic as the previous year's, IUP—as one of the fourteen PASSHE member institutions—would be hard hit.

To students, parents, alumni, and employees: Now is not the time to sit and wait. Supporters like you are urged to contact your state legislators—even if you do not have a PASSHE university in your district—and emphasize the devastating effects the proposed cuts would have.

Does contacting your legislators work?

Yes. Legislators pay close attention to the opinions of constituents who take the time to contact them. They realize that these people are likely to vote and be active and influential in the community.

Do we have a form letter?

No, and this is why: Legislators quickly recognize form letters. They are not as effective as personalized letters that detail your thoughts and experiences. But we do offer the following guide to make writing a personalized letter fast and easy.

Advocacy PDF

See PASSHE's stance on the effect the proposed state budget will have on its member schools, which includes IUP.

Download the PDF