It’s tough to completely eliminate a state program. Most of the money for work study programs on university campuses comes from the federal government, and this past year the Governor and Legislators eliminated the two-and-three-quarter (2.75) million dollars in state support of the program. Critics of the cut contend work study is invaluable because students paid for on-campus work get better grades and are more likely to graduate, and they’re lobbying for the state to restore its share for the work study budgets at Iowa, Iowa State and U-N-I. Republican State Senator Don Redfern of Cedar Falls says eliminating state support of the program didn’t kill it. Redfern says while state support has been helpful in past years, it’s still just a portion and not all of the budget for work study jobs.Republican House Speaker-elect Christopher Rants of Sioux City says the work study program might get state support again in mid-2003.Rants says they had to make a lot of difficult choices in the last budget to cover a 500 million dollar shortfall, and they’re going to review everything to see if they might restore some of the cuts.Doug Gross, the 2002 Republican candidate for Governor, promised to restore state support of the work study program if he had been elected, and he criticized legislators and the Governor for cutting it out of the budget.
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