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Cougars meet with lawmakers

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -  WSU Tri-Cities students are returning home after spending the day in Olympia. The students met with over a hundred lawmakers in an attempt to keep tuition rates down and cutting over $23 million dollars in financial aide.

The Cougs met with 8th district legislators to voice their concerns about the state budget cuts and possible increase in tuition. Their main focus was on Senate Bill 6562.  If passed, the bill would give state universities the opportunity to increase tuition up to 9% over the next 15 years. Vice president of Associated Students, Cody Fritts, says the Cougs had a pro-active approach and met with over a hundred law makers throughout the day. "We were all working as a group and dedicated to what we were doing. And I think we hopefully changed a lot of what people think about college students and that they do care about being active and there are issues out there that effect them," said Fritts.

As of now, the legislatures have not heard the bill but have until tomorrow to do so. If they fail to hear it by tomorrow the bill will be dropped.