ASMSU in jeopardy of losing student tax funding
ASMSU, MSU’s undergraduate student government, faces the risk of losing student tax funding after deciding to decline passing a bill to turn the group into an official university department and transfer funds to the university financial system at the general assembly meeting Thursday night.
ASMSU President Evan Martinak said although he is unsure of the timeline for the university’s reaction, he expects ASMSU’s tax funds to be withheld.
In previous interviews, Martinak said student taxes are ASMSU’s main source of funding.
“I was told at a meeting that in-action will definitely lead to the freezing and withholding of tax dollars,” Martinak said. “We have been given sort of a categorical imperative.”
In a memo sent to Martinak from Vice President for Finance and Treasurer Mark Haas and Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Services Denise Maybank, ASMSU was told it would lose control of student tax funds unless the bill was passed.
“Failure to complete the transfer of funds by the deadline will result in withholding of any further tax dollars until such time as the transfers are completed,” the memo sent from Haas and Maybank stated, citing the deadline of April 5.
Martinak said the situation is “uncharted territory” for the organization.
Vice President for Internal Administration Denzel McCampbell had strong feelings against the move to become a university department.
McCampbell said the move would take away the students’ rights and remove services the organization currently offers, such as free iClicker rentals.
ASMSU College of Music Representative K.C. Perlberg said moving all funds on campus would not benefit the students, stating “I stand by the students.”
ASMSU Vice President for Governmental Affairs Dylan Miller said after to talking to other Big Ten student governments, the group realized they are one of the rare student governments that is not under university control.
Martinak is planning to see what the organization can do to work with the university.
“What we’ll do is try to represent the views of the general assembly (and) work to some kind of solution,” Martinak said. “We’ll see what common ground can be met or made here.”
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