2021 Iowa Legislative Session Begins Next Monday
The 89th Iowa General Assembly will gavel into session on Monday, January 11, at the State Capitol in Des Moines. The 2020 elections provided the Iowa House with 18 newly elected representatives and the Iowa Senate with eight new senators. The Republican Party continues to hold the majority in the Iowa House and Senate at 59-41 and 31-18, respectively. Additional information can be found on the Legislature’s website.
Once again we will need your help to ensure that a UNI education remains affordable for Iowa students and their families. As you know, at UNI we provide our students real world, hands-on experience enabling them to find a job after graduation and start making an impact from day one.
We are asking you to help us this legislative session. Every voice makes a difference. You can find your local state senator and state representative at this link. Please share your UNI story and ask them to support our funding requests.
UNI is committed to student success and upholding our public charge to be open and accessible. Our budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2022 will enable us to increase enrollment by keeping tuition and fees affordable and competitive while providing a high quality education. The FY 2022 state appropriations request is $1.5 million in recovery funds from the FY 2021 cut plus an additional $4 million investment from the state to keep costs affordable for Iowa students and their families.
Additional legislative budget requests:
- $6.35 million for STEM education
- $1 million for economic development
- $900,000 from the Regents Innovation Fund
- $400,000 for UNI’s additive manufacturing center
- $172,768 for the recycling and reuse center
- $123,523 for real estate education
We are grateful for your willingness to support UNI’s positive impact on Iowa. Additional information can be found on our Panther Caucus website.