Republican candidate Trent Humphries is one of the three GOP candidates running for two seats in the Legislative District 26 House of Representatives primary that voters will decide on Sept. 2. We asked him some questions on higher education.
Should the state provide more funding for universities?
I would want to see a break down of what exactly is needed. For instance if its for replacing buildings and things like that then yea definately but not without a specific plan in place for exactly where that money was going. Generally higher education is a good investment.
Should the Board of Regents increase tuition for in-state and/or out-of-state students?
Again, if we’re going to increase tuition, I want to see a specific plan-ya know you have to think about the student and provide them with the reasons why we plan to increase it. Because if all its for is administration costs, then I don’t think its fair to ask the students to pay it. If that’s the case, then I think the universities need to buck up and find better results but if there is going to be an advantage to students why there are added tuition costs then yea.
Should tuition money be used to provide financial aid for low-income students?
I think there is some value in securing some of your education through the sweat of your brow. I did and I think there is some advantage to that. However, it is hard for some people to get into college and, yes, I think we should help them.
Do you support the Board of Regents’ proposal to borrow more than a billion dollars for capital projects?
You know, I would like to see them put that off for a year or two. I think we need to divert spending elswhere. If there is something that is critical and could really effect education at the university level, then of course.