The Student Government Association has been extremely busy the past two weeks.
14 SGA members traveled to Topeka to attend Higher Education Day on Tuesday, February 11th 2014.
Student representative from all Regents Universities in Kansas (Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University, University of Kansas, Wichita State University, Emporia State University, Pittsburgh State University, Washburn) gathered at the capitol to advocate for students from across Kansas.
The students advocated for tax exemptions on text books for Kansas Higher Education students. Later that afternoon students meet with the Kansas Tax Committee and received support from some legislatures. Now, the amendment on House Bill 2557 that has a sales tax rebate for textbooks as passed through the Kansas House of Representative on Wednesday, February 19 2014 with a unanimous vote of 122. Bill 2557 will move to the Kansas Senate in the upcoming weeks.
Another focus point for advocating was the budget for Higher Education. In recent years the budget has been continuously cut, resulting in higher tuition for students. Chris Roberts, FHSU Student Government Association and chair of the Students’ Advisory Committee, said “The success and accessibility of higher learning is directly tied to the success of the Kansas economy.”
All Regents Universities will continue to contact Kansas legislators about these issues until the end this Legislative session.
Not only did FHSU SGA enjoy participating in Higher Ed day, but are going back to the capitol on March 10th and 11th.
Tiger Day is for not only SGA members but is open to all FHSU students. Participants will go to the Kansas State Capital and advocate for Fort Hays State University.
The application can be downloaded HERE and must be returned to the SGA office (MU lower Level 017) by February 26th at 4:00 p.m.
All transportation and lodging will be paid for by the university.
We hope to see you there!
2014 Tiger Day application