SGA Rundown: Two final votes to close the semester

Senators decide to confirm the 1% each budget cut to SMB, SMU, SGA and Campus Engagement and next semester’s budget.

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Sophia Silvester, Staff Writer

The Student Government Association met for the last time on Thursday, closing the year with two votes.

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING VOTE

 Senators deliberated on the proposed Memorandum of Understanding allocation and the offer from the Student Media Board of $14,000 in exchange for not cutting its percentage of the student fee by 1%. Off-Campus Community senator Jonan-Rohi Plueger moved to pass the proposed student fee cut and decline SMB’s offer and was seconded by Bluff senator Hailee Howard. Senators unanimously voted to pass the allocation.

BUDGET VOTE

Senators also reviewed the budget proposal for next semester. The total SGA budget for Fall 2020 is $79,761.50. After paying Student Enrichment and Intercultural Development and Global Student Programs & Development, the internal SGA budget will be $63,256.50. SGA’s contingency is $18,693.15. 

Compared to the budget at the beginning of Fall 2019, general expenses were cut by $2,950. General expenses include costs for the staff retreat (cut by $1500), staff parties (cut by $750), office expenses (cut by $300) and the staff picnic (cut entirely by $400). 

The SGA community relations budget was cut by $1,000 and the senate budget was also cut by $1,000 by removing the SGA community event. Howard moved to pass the proposal, seconded by Block senator Ryan St. Pierre. Senators unanimously voted to pass the proposal.

NEW ADMINISTRATION

Senate concluded with the introduction of next semester’s administration. This year’s administration prayed over the incoming senate before leaving to allow the new senators to participate in a mock session led by incoming vice president Gretchen Ferguson.

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