Higher ed officials to discuss Governor's budget plan

Mar 31, 2014

University presidents and chancellors in Illinois will talk Tuesday about a key aspect of Governor Pat Quinn’s budget plan.  

The governor proposes making the income tax increase permanent. The college leaders will discuss what they think about that and the impact on their schools if the tax increase ends. 

Matt Bierman is the budget director at Western Illinois University. He says higher education needs to decide how involved it wants to get. 

"We’ll have to determine whether we want to take a political stance on this particular issue or not. I think the best thing we can do is be advocates for that impact," says Bierman.

Western says it would definitely feel the impact if the income tax increase is not extended. The university says its state funding would drop around six-and-a-half million dollars. That would be a cut of more than 14-percent.