SALT LAKE CITY -- College students and business leaders are urging legislators to boost higher education funding to help reduce tuition and improve employment opportunities.
University of Utah student body president Neela Pack says during a Friday rally at the state Capitol the spiraling tuition costs makes it difficult to pursue the advanced degrees now required for many jobs.
Pack says more than 32,000 students have signed a petition asking for increased funding for the state's universities, colleges and trade schools.
Prosperity 2020, a group of Utah business leaders who are pushing for increased investment in education, is helping with the student-led effort.
Chairman Mark Bouchard (BOO-shard) says half the state's high school graduates earn higher degrees, a number the group would like to see reach two-thirds by the end of the decade.