ScrambleWatch Q&A: Republican David Gowan on Higher Education

Republican David Gowan is facing Republican Frank Antenori and Democrat Andrea Dalessandro in the race for two seats in Legislative District 30. We asked him some questions on higher education.

Should the state provide more funding for universities?

I would have to look at a line-item budget to figure that out. With a two billion dollar deficit, it depends if that is a necessity or is it frivolous.

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

We’ve got to rely on them–that’s why they are a board. Then we go in and do a countercheck.

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

I think it is appropriate that the out-of-state is a little higher.

Should tuition money be used to provide financial aid for low-income students?

Yes, I believe that. It helps them Continue reading

ScrambleWatch Q&A: Republican Frank Antenori on Higher Education

Republican Frank Antenori is facing Republican David Gowan and Democrat Andrea Dalessandro in the race for two seats in House of Representatives in Legislative District 30. We asked him some questions on higher education.

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 Continue reading

ScrambleWatch Q&A: Democrat Andrea Dalessandro on Higher Education

Democrat Andrea Dalessandro is facing Republicans Frank Antenori and David Gowan in the race for two House of Represseats in Legislative District 30. We asked her some questions about higher education.

Should the state provide more funding for universities?

Yes, for public universities.

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

I really think that’s a violation of the Arizona Constitution. Our constitution says that higher education should be as near free as possible. I grew up in a family with very modest means, but because of affordable higher education, I was able to go to college and become a math teacher in my first career. So, I think that if we want a better educated workforce, we have to support the students and not raise tuition.

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

That’s OK with me. While it’s good to have diversity, taxpayers within the state Continue reading

ScrambleWatch Q&A: Republican Marilyn Zerull on Higher Education

Marilyn Zerull is a one of three candidates in Legislative District 26 House of Representatives GOP primary. ScrambleWatch asked her some questions about higher education.

Should the state provide more funding for universities?

No. I think the individual students should have to pay for their own education.

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

Yes. Not just for in-state, I mean out-of-state, too. There have been tax breaks for those that aren’t citizens and I think that’s a shame. They shouldn’t need more tax breaks worse than our own citizens do. It is my general belief that people need to pay for the things they want. If it means they have to take out loans, then that’s what they need to do. It’s not a right, it’s a privilege.

Should tuition money be used to provide financial aid for low-income students?

No, because low-income students can also apply for loans and there are plenty of loans and lots and lots of scholarships out there. If they have the grades for that then great. And that money should be paid back after graduation.

Do you support the Board of Regents’ plan to borrow more than a billion dollars for capital projects?

No.