Crayton said there were a number of student groups that applied for funding this year after the Finance Committee ran out of funds.
The bill specifically targets the vice president’s stipend, he said, because the position doesn’t require the person holding office to stay in Chapel Hill during the summer.
Other student government positions that receive stipends include student body president and student body treasurer, both of whom are required to perform their duties throughout the summer.
The student body secretary previously received a stipend of $200 per month, but it was removed in the 2010-11 school year.
Crayton said that other leaders of student organizations must remain in Chapel Hill during the summer to receive funds generated by their group.
Jocelyn Burney, a co-sponsor of the bill, said she doesn’t think cutting the stipend will decrease the quality of student leaders attracted to the position.
“Our interest in stipends comes from a desire to see student fee money benefit as many students as possible,” she said.
A statement released by executive branch officers compared UNC’s stipends to those of its peer institutions.
The student body vice president at N.C. State University receives $4,440 per year, and the Appalachian State University student body vice president receives $3,450.
The statement also said the stipend is only 0.62 percent of Student Congress’ allocations.
Student Body President Will Leimenstoll said he thinks removal of the stipend will undermine the accessibility of the position.
He cited the 43 percent of students who receive need-based financial aid as an example of those who would need the stipend, adding that the vice president typically does not have time to hold a part-time job.
“The stipend is supposed to be in lieu of a job,” he said. “You do not have time to have another job as president or vice president.”
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