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Many states increased support for higher education last year, making up for many cuts during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2008 recession. Last year, 49 out of 50 states ended the fiscal year with record surpluses. Hopefully, public higher education institutions will see some of this surplus. However, concerns about an unsteady economy and political unrest could reduce final numbers.
Your personalized emails and letters to representatives can make a big impact. Below, find sample emails that you can copy and paste to send to your governor or state legislators. If possible, boost your impact by taking a few minutes to make it more personal with these quick tips and suggestions.
Find your representatives’ contact information, voting records, and more here. As a reminder, public employees should not use their work emails or phone numbers to take political action. Even from private accounts, you may need to make clear that you are speaking as a private citizen and not on behalf of your employer.
Tips and Suggestions to Make Your Call More Personal
- Keep your message as short, simple, and specific as possible. If you can, reference pending legislation in your state or specific budget line items.
- Tell a brief personal anecdote when possible to tie your message back home for your legislator.
- Ask for a response by indicating you would appreciate a reply on the issue.
- Follow up when appropriate by thanking your legislator when you agree with their votes or informing them when you disagree.