Rally held for Stop Tuition Hikes

Posted at 4:28 PM, Jan 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-18 19:12:26-05

A second rally was held on the Statehouse steps, this one to support a ballot initiative aimed at lowering college tuition.

A couple dozen supporters stood outside the capitol to support a movement called "Stop Tuition Hikes." The group wants to raise the cigarette tax $1.50 and use that money to fund higher education.

Founder and spokesperson Bill Moran believes current tuition rates hinder economic growth.

"They (students) have $60,000 in debt and we have the lowest wages in the nation," he said. "How are they going to stay, how are they going to pay bills, how are they going to feed their families, start a business, or buy a house?"

The group needs to collect nearly 50,000 signatures by May to get language on a ballot in November. Moran says they have about 4,000 right now.