Letter to the editor: Support second tuition freeze

Hello, Cyclones:

I am Herman Quirmbach, your state senator for Ames, and I need your help to extend the current tuition freeze for another year.

A week and a half ago, the Board of Regents proposed freezing in-state tuition for a second year. To be able to do that, the regents need to get a modest 4 percent increase in the state appropriations to universities. The state is in very sound financial condition and can certainly afford that increase.

Last Friday, I convinced my Senate Democratic colleagues to support extending the tuition freeze. We hold the majority in the Iowa Senate and can deliver on our part of the bargain.

Unfortunately, both Gov. Terry Branstad and the House Republicans have been slow to respond. That’s where you come in. We need you to contact the governor’s office and urge him to get on board.

Please take a minute right now to send him a message. As an ISU faculty member, I know that being able to afford a college education while holding down your student debt is critical to your future. Branstad needs to know that, too; send him a message.

If you are from Iowa, you can also send a message to your state legislators. Find your local representative and your district senator and send him or her an email.

Out-of state students have a stake, too. The more the state can help out, the less all students will be asked to pay. Write the governor today.

Please help me help you.

Sen. Herman Quirmbach, 23rd District — Ames

P.S. While you’re at it, forward this message to your parents. Having them contact the governor and the House Republicans will be a big help, too.

P.P.S. You can email me at any time on any issue at [email protected].