Utah students plan rally at Legislature

Utah students plan rally at Legislature



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- At least 300 students from across the state are planning to rally at the Capitol on Friday to ask lawmakers not to cut the higher education budget too deeply.

The students will ask the Legislature to support a budget cut proposed by Gov. Jon Huntsman, which would cut 11 percent over the next three years. The Legislature's proposal would cut higher education by a total of 19 percent.

Jackson Olsen, student body executive vice president at Utah State University, says schools aren't trying to avoid budget cuts, but they are hoping for less drastic reductions.

Olsen says a Facebook group, "Save Higher Education in Utah," that formed in response to possible budget cuts has grown to more than 4,000 members.

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Information from: Standard-Examiner

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