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Bertino-Tarrant votes to fund student aid, higher education

3/2/2016, 10:14 p.m.
State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) voted today to override the legislation the governor vetoed that would release state funds for ...

State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) voted today to override the legislation the governor vetoed that would release state funds for Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants and community colleges.

“My support for the override is straightforward,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “It’s a priority of mine to ensure that students throughout my district have the aid they need to go to college and obtain a degree,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

Funding for higher education has been held up in the state’s budget impasse.

MAP grants provide financial aid to qualified students. However, due to the governor vetoing higher education budgets the legislature has sent him, funds haven’t been released from the state.

More than 100,000 students traditionally use MAP grants to afford higher education.

In fiscal year 2015, there were more than 2,000 Map grant recipients from Bertino-Tarrant’s district.

Community colleges have also not been receiving state aid.

But funding would be available to them under the plan Bertino-Tarrant voted for today.

With Bertino-Tarrant’s support, the override of Senate Bill 2043 was successful in the Senate.