Peoria Public Radio Staff
Mon March 31, 2014
Higher ed officials to discuss Governor'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.