Thompson calls for tuition freeze
Posted: Friday, June 22, 2012 2:00 pm
Midway – District 24 Senate candidate Brad Thompson this week said Tennessee should use its $225 million budget surplus to freeze college tuition instead of state colleges and universities considering considerable hikes.
“Tuition increases only amount to another unnecessary tax on middle class Tennesseans,” Thompson said.
“For many people here in Northwest Tennessee, it’s just becoming increasingly hard to afford a higher education. We have a surplus in our state coffers. Let’s freeze tuition, not raise it.”
An economic and community development recruiter for the City of Martin, Thompson said he knows just how critical an educated workforce is for recruitment efforts.
“How are we expected to recruit and retain jobs and industries to Northwest Tennessee if our people aren’t educated? How are our people expected to be competitive in the job market if they can’t afford to learn a trade or earn a degree?” Thompson asked.
Recent media reports indicate the Board of Regents will soon consider tuition and fee increases of more than 7 percent at its campuses, which includes Tennessee Technology Center at McKenzie.
UT Board members will vote today (Thursday) on a tuition increase for Martin of 4-6 percent.
“If our state leaders would step forward and use this surplus, our college and university Board members wouldn’t be forced to raise tuition,” Thompson said.
A civic leader, farmer, educator and Bible class teacher, Thompson seeks to represent Benton, Carroll, Henry, Gibson, Obion and Weakley counties in the State Senate. He will be on the November ballot.