Saturday, January 23, 2016

University cuts go unrestored in budget plan - HOWARD FISCHER, Arizona Daily Sun

There's also little new money in Ducey's budget for the state's university system that took a $99 million cut just last year. Overall, Eileen KIein, president of the Arizona Board of Regents, said the schools have lost close to a half-billlion dollars a year in state aid in less than a decade. "Arizona ranks today dead last in the country for funding universities,'' she said. "Tuition more than doubled in the downturn.'' What Ducey now proposes is just $8 million in new money, plus refunding extra cash taken from the schools last year in a math error over their share of state health insurance premiums. Klein said that such a small increase could lead to another round of tuition hikes this spring.

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