Saginaw Valley State University President Donald Bachand issued the following statement in response to the state budget recommendation announced by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder today:
“We are grateful to see the recent trend of increased investment in higher education continue in Governor Snyder’s recommended budget for the 2018 fiscal year, as well as increased support for financial aid and scholarships. A well-educated citizenry and workforce is vital to the health and economy of our state, and SVSU alumni overwhelmingly choose to remain in Michigan.
“We are particularly pleased to see common sense applied to tuition restraint language. In recent years, this has been calculated strictly on a percentage basis, and has been punitive to schools like SVSU who have exercised tuition restraint over multiple decades.
“We will work closely and cooperatively with our region’s legislative delegation, as well as leadership in the House and the Senate, to maintain support for these priorities. We will continue to do our part to keep a college education within reach of students and families, and provide Michigan employers with the talent they desperately need.”