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Jon Tester on Education

Democratic Jr Senator

 


Privatizing public schools feeds destruction of democracy

Q: Education: Provide vouchers to send children to private schools with public money?

Matt Rosendale (R): Yes. "Critical.if we are going to see improvement in our education system."

Jon Tester (D): No. Privatization of public schools feeds destruction of democracy.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Montana Senate race , Oct 9, 2018

Restore year-round Pell Grants, & support Perkins Loans

Q: Student Debt & Financial Aid: Lower student loan rates, while increasing high-earner taxes (Elizabeth Warren bill)?

Matt Rosendale (R): No. "Move the federal government out of the funding that takes place for the colleges & universities."

Jon Tester (D): Yes. Voted for Warren bill. Also supports restoring year-round Pell Grants, & supporting Perkins Loans.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Montana Senate race , Oct 9, 2018

More tuition tax credits, low-interest loans, & Pell grants

You’ve heard a lot about how my opponent delivers for MSU. But it’s the faculty and the students that do the heavy lifting to make Montana State University a world-class teaching and research facility - not whose name is on a building.

I’ve got a kid in college today in Montana, and one that just graduated a few years ago. So I know what college education costs you and your families. We have finally started to turn the university funding at the state level around, with the first significant funding increases after a decade of neglect. But we can do more.

I have a plan to expand tuition tax credits to make college tuition more affordable for Montana families. Sen. Burns has voted to end tuition tax credits for 11,000 Montanans. I believe we need to keep low-interest loans and increasing Pell grants. Sen. Burns has voted against higher student loans and opposes increases in Pell grants. Too many middle-class families are being priced out of the dream of providing their kids a higher education.

Source: 2006 Montana 3-way Senate Debate at MSU , Oct 9, 2006

Public education is the backbone of our democracy

Public education is the backbone of our democracy-an uneducated society impedes the ability of a democracy to work for the people. For a successful business, you have to be able to hire well-trained workers that meet the needs of your business. It’s why our Colleges of Technologies, K-12 public education and our state university system are essential to educating tomorrow’s workforce for economic growth in the Big Sky.
Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, TesterForSenate.com, “Issues” , Dec 25, 2005

Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects.

Vote on the passage of the bill, the American Competitiveness Scholarship Act, the omnibus appropriations bill for the Departments of Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Labor. Pres. Bush then vetoed the Bill.

Proponents support voting YES because:

Rep. OBEY: This bill, more than any other, determines how willing we are to make the investment necessary to assure the future strength of this country and its working families. The President has chosen to cut the investments in this bill by more than $7.5 billion in real terms. This bill rejects most of those cuts.

Opponents recommend voting NO because:

Rep. LEWIS: This bill reflects a fundamental difference in opinion on the level of funding necessary to support the Federal Government's role in education, health and workforce programs. The bill is $10.2 billion over the President's budget request. While many of these programs are popular on both sides of the aisle, this bill contains what can rightly be considered lower priority and duplicative programs. For example, this legislation continues three different programs that deal with violence prevention. An omnibus bill is absolutely the wrong and fiscally reckless approach to completing this year's work. It would negate any semblance of fiscal discipline demonstrated by this body in recent years.

Veto message from President Bush:

This bill spends too much. It exceeds [by $10.2 billion] the reasonable and responsible levels for discretionary spending that I proposed to balance the budget by 2012. This bill continues to fund 56 programs that I proposed to terminate because they are duplicative, narrowly focused, or not producing results. This bill does not sufficiently fund programs that are delivering positive outcomes. This bill has too many earmarks--more than 2,200 earmarks totaling nearly $1 billion. I urge the Congress to send me a fiscally responsible bill that sets priorities.

Reference: American Competitiveness Scholarship Act; Bill H.R. 3043 ; vote number 2007-391 on Oct 23, 2007

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