I attended IPFW's annual Legislative Issues Luncheon on Tuesday. Several NE Indiana state legislators were congratulated for being generous with other people's money, and were given IPFW tote bags. The food was great. While I think that it is great that IPFW is expanding, I am more concerned that IPFW will lose its role as a place for returning adults. I started out as a traditional student at the age of 18 and graduated as a returning adult at the age of 26. Specifically, I am worried about rising tuition rates. Many traditional students can rely on student loans, grants, or wealthy parents to pay for that pre-law degree. Cashiers, waiters, and security guards who work full time and attend classes part time cannot keep up with tuition rates that go up faster than inflation. I propose that all universities that receive state funding be required to keep their tuition rates tied in with inflation.
I thought about bringing that up during the luncheon, but I decided to let the incumbents have their moment. Because today I get to have my moment! Today is the day of the 80th District State Rep debate, which will take place at South Side High School at 7pm in Lecture Room B-109. Last night I had several of my supporters ask me questions as practice.