Opinion: Rob Steele is no friend of higher education
As a student at the University of Michigan, I am deeply concerned with Rob Steele’s apparent disregard for the importance of improving higher education. For a candidate who hopes to represent the University’s Ann Arbor campus in Congress, I find it distressing that he does not even list “Education” as priority on his website.
If elected, Steele would support Republican plans to decrease funding for higher education by 20%. Cuts to higher education funding would lead to a decrease in Pell Grants and other need-based student aid, which would deny thousands of young people the opportunity to go to college.
Every year, Michigan students struggle with tuition hikes and when they graduate are often plagued by student debt. Not only does Steele fail to offer any improvements to the status quo, but he actually promotes measures that will exacerbate the difficulty students and their families already face in funding education. I refuse to support a candidate who considers the financing of my future and the future of our country wasteful government spending.
Devin Parsons Ann Arbor