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5:37 am - September 22, 2017
UConn budget protest slated for 12:30 p.m. in Hartford
HARTFORD ‚ÄĒ Protests that began this week at the University of Connecticut Storrs campus will continue in the state‚Äôs capitol today.
Students, faculty and staff from UConn and UConn Health will gather at the Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Ave., Hartford, at 12:30 p.m. today in protest of the Republican budget.
That budget contains more than $300 million in cuts to the University of Connecticut and the University of Connecticut Health Center.
While Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has said he would veto the budget, approved last Friday and Saturday by the Senate and House, respectively, it hasn‚Äôt dulled the outcries against the spending plan.
They will be joined by state Rep. Gregg Haddad, D-Mansfield, and state Sen. Mae Flexer, D-Danielson.
Speakers will also include UConn union presidents and students.
The public is invited to attend.
‚ÄúThis could bring down the value of our degree when you graduate, make it unaffordable for
you to continue your education, and drive away excellent students away from the
university and out of Connecticut,‚ÄĚ said Irma Valverde, Student Body President responded to the news of the budget,
‚ÄúThe university‚Äôs economic impact touches Stamford, Groton, Mansfield, Hartford, and Farmington. These cuts broadly will impact the economy of CT moving forward,‚ÄĚ said Mike White, UCPEA president.
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