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By Amanda Riddle
Arizona Daily Wildcat
January 27, 1997

Students can attend budget hearings hearings week

The Arizona Students' Association will take students to Phoenix tomorrow and Wednesday to attend the budget hearings for the state-funded universities, Associated Students' President Rhonda Wilson said.

"It makes a big impact if a lot of people are there," she said.

As a state-funded university, there is a direct relationship between the money the university gets from the state and the cost of tuition, Wilson said.

Tomorrow, the House Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. On Wednesday, the Senate Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing at the same time.

Vans will be leaving at 11 a.m. and will return around 6 p.m., said Berry Melfy, the University of Arizona's ASA director.

Students should contact the ASA office at ASUA if they are interested in going, Wilson said.

ASA is trying to get the business community, students and alumni from the state universities to attend.

"It's important to show that the universities need to be a priority to the state," Wilson said.

Wilson said ASA is also encouraging students to write to their state legislators about how the amount of money allocated to the university will affect them.

The appropriations committees will hear budget proposals from Gov. Fife Symington, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and the Arizona Board of Regents.

The Legislature should announce the amount of money it has budgeted to the universities for fiscal year 1998 by March, Wilson said. Tuition will be set in April, she said.