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I graduated from the University of Montana in 2016. My mother graduated in 2011, my brother in 2014, and my sister will graduate in 2020. We are a family of college students — we are also a poor family. Growing up, my mother taught me that anything is possible with an education, and that is why she committed to getting her degree and supported her three children throughout their college careers. Our education enabled us to achieve professional success and become indispensable members of our communities. It is allowing us to slowly work our way toward a more stable financial future. However, none of us would be where we are today if it were not for Montanans’ investment in higher education through the 6-mill levy.

Every decade the citizens of Montana vote to provide funding for the Montana University system. This levy provides approximately 10 percent of the funding for higher education in this state. If we do not pass this levy, tuition rates would rise by 17 percent, and as a result many students, like myself and my family, will not be able to afford to go to school. The loss of educational opportunities will prove devastating to individuals and to our communities. This is why I hope you will join me in voting YES on the 6-mill levy in November and invest in Montana’s future.

Michael Nelson

Billings

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