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NFA Endorses Kate Marshall for Congress

15 Aug 2011 2:32 PM | Anonymous
Her strong record of working to make high-quality education accessible to Nevada families makes Kate Marshall the right choice.

The Nevada Faculty Alliance (NFA), which advocates for quality, accessible higher education in Nevada, announced today its endorsement of Kate Marshall for Congress from Nevada's 2ndCongressional district.  The NFA’s state board announced the endorsement of Marshall today after reviewing her record as Nevada's Treasurer and her detailed answers to a questionnaire on federal higher education issues.

According to University of Nevada-Reno Environmental Science Professor Glenn Miller, who co-chairs the  Endorsement Committee of the NFA’s Political Action Committee, "Kate Marshall is the solid choice of higher education faculty for the Second Congressional seat in this special election. She has been an excellent Treasurer during the last six years, particularly in her careful management of the Millennium Scholarship Program, and the 529 college savings programs. When she came into office, she raised questions about the financial stability of these programs before they became a crisis, and through her effective financial management, she helped ensure the scholarship program would continue to keep college affordable for Nevada families."

Among the achievements noted by the NFA state board were Marshall's effective oversight of the state Pre-Paid tuition program, which allowed thousands of Nevada families to pay tuition rates set before recent increases, thus saving thousands of dollars for their children's education. She also oversaw the expansion of the Nevada College Savings Plan, an account like an IRA in which families can invest in their children's education independently. She cut administrative costs of these accounts by 50 percent, making Nevada's Plan one of the most efficient and best-rated in the country.  Finally, the Faculty were impressed by innovations Marshall has brought to Nevada, such as "Ugift " and  the "Silver State Matching Grant" program to enhance college savings among working families.
NFA President and chair of the PAC, Greg Brown, of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, added, "She has shown in the past six years that she is truly concerned with helping students and their families afford college. We are also deeply impressed with her understanding of what needs to be done in Washington to keep college affordable for all Nevada families - like preserving Pell Grants for those who need them, and by ensuring money for student loans is issued to students, not used to subsidize banks. Her sound financial judgment on issues like this is why we endorsed her for Congress."

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