University of Washington President Michael K. Young issued a statement today about President Barack Obamas budget, saying:
“The presidents commitment to expanding research funding in his 2013 budget to spur our nations innovation is a critical investment in our nations future and one we at the University of Washington fully support. The partnership between the federal government and our nations research universities in funding and conducting basic and applied research has fueled innovation for 60 years and propelled the U.S. to the forefront of the worlds economies. It is crucial, especially at this point in time, that this partnership remain vital and productive. We warmly applaud the presidents initiatives in this regard.
“We are also very pleased that the president is maintaining support for federal student financial aid through Pell grants and federal work-study programs. This aid is crucial to helping students afford a college education, particularly when states have been struggling to support higher education, forcing tuition to rise. It is important for states to reinvest in their colleges and universities, as well as for universities to continue to operate as efficiently as possible. College affordability remains one of the hallmarks of American higher education and one of the chief paths to opportunity and success. We are grateful for the presidents recognition of this reality and his support of students, especially in these difficult times.”