Huckabee to State Leaders: Spend More Money on Higher Ed

SEPTEMBER 23, 2004 - Posted at 7:23 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Huckabee has told state leaders that they will have to spend more money on higher education in order to secure better jobs for future Arkansans.

Huckabee told those gathered at the University of Arkansas System's Strategic Policy Forum in downtown Little Rock that if the state wants high-tech jobs it has to become a higher priority in funding.

Huckabee said the previous legislative session was focused on elementary and high school education, but he hopes to see the January session concentrate on the state's colleges and universities.

Huckabee said the problem is selling the importance of a college education to the residents of Arkansas.  He said the state needs to change a culture where people think a new pickup truck is more important than a new career tract.

To remedy these ills, Huckabee said he hoped that a funding formula would come out of the next legislative session that is equitable and fair for the state's colleges and universities.

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