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November 29, 2011 at 12:01 PM

UW student leaders support half-cent sales tax

University of Washington student leaders are calling Gov. Chris Gregoire’s proposal to increase the sales tax by a half-penny a good short-term solution.

In a prepared statement, student Andrew Lewis, director of student government’s office of government relations, called the increase “a step in the right direction.”

“We are happy that Gov. Gregoire’s budget does a lot to stop cuts to higher education that would cripple accessibility and quality,” Lewis said.

The governor’s supplemental budget proposal would cut higher education funding by $166 million, including a 17 percent cutback in state funding for the UW. The sales tax, if passed, would “buy back” that cut.

Earlier this year, students called on the Legislature to pass a slate of proposals that would raise money for higher education.

Students say they’re planning to be in Olympia often during the special session to lobby for their proposals. And a letter endorsing the half-cent sales tax will be delivered to Gov. Gregoire and every member of the Legislature this week.

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