Lawmaker: Measure will affirm our state’s support of our veterans
Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas appeared before the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee today to speak in support of House Joint Resolution N, which he authored.
The resolution proposes an amendment to the Michigan Constitution to reaffirm current policy that gives veterans access to in-state tuition at Michigan public universities.
“Michigan’s 15 public universities currently offer in-state tuition to veterans, but this resolution is a strong step forward for our state,” Stamas said. “By making it a constitutional amendment, we are allowing the Michigan voters to affirm their support for our veterans and continuing on the path of improving veterans services.”
A companion resolution, House Joint Resolution M, would apply in-district tuition to community colleges in the state.
If passed by both the House and the Senate by a two-thirds majority vote, HJRs M and N would be placed on the next ballot for Michigan voters to affirm. Michigan would be the 15th state to waive residency requirements for veterans.
“A college education can be a valuable asset in today’s job market for many of our veterans returning home as well as those who have previously served our nation,” Stamas said. “The Legislature has worked hard over the past several years to improve veterans’ benefits and services in Michigan, and HJRs M and N are another way we can retain and attract new veterans to our state.”
The measures are currently before the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.