Senator Lambert Receives Prestigious Higher Ed Award

(Denver) – Senator Kent Lambert (R-Colorado Springs) was honored with the prestigious University of Colorado Legislative Award for his work to reform higher education funding and to prioritize capital construction projects this legislative session.

“Higher education has been decreasing as a funding priority for the state,” said Lambert, a member of the Joint Budget Committee. “This year we took the most important step in almost 10 years to reform the state higher education funding formula to ensure more money follows the students.”

Senator Lambert was a prime sponsor for HB14-1319, which increases transparency and helps manage the distribution of state funds across all state universities and colleges.

The 2014 legislative session allocated over $300 million in increased funding to higher education. $100 million will help bring the cost of tuition down while over $200 million will be directed to address long-term construction projects at campuses across the state, pending new revenue increases.

“This funding package will benefit every student attending an institution of higher education by addressing skyrocketing tuition costs, modernizing classrooms, and increasing competition to allow students to choose the most affordable programs for their educational goals.”

Kent Lambert represents Colorado State Senate District 9 in part of El Paso County. He serves on the Joint Budget Committee and Senate Appropriations Committee.

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