Scramblewatch Q&A: Frank Antenori on Higher Education

Frank Antenori is one of four Republican candidates running for a seat in Legislative District 30 House of Representatives. We asked him some questions on education policy.

Should the state provide more funding for universities?

Not in the disproportionate way the state has been doing it. I think we need to spend more of that money in the rural areas of the state. I also would like the UA to be able to profit from any research they do when they develop a patentable product. For example, if the UA developed a new landing device for Mars, I think they should be able to sell that technology and be able to get money off what goes to the university.

Should the Board of Regents increase tuition for in-state students?

No, I think that we need to decrease tuition as low as possible for in-state students. It is a fundamental principle that we should take care of our students first. Kids from this state, if I had my way, would pay virtually nothing.

Should the Board of Regents increase tuition for out-of-state students?

Out-of-state, I’m sorry. You want to come here from New Mexico, you are going to pay. The purpose of the state university system is for kids from Arizona.

Was it a good idea for the Legislature to allow the Board of Regents to borrow more than a billion dollars for capital projects, with the expectation that the bonds could be paid back through lottery proceeds?

Absolutely not, it’s illegal and a gimmick. We should have balanced the budget.

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