Saturday, June 11, 2016

State aid for 6 Mich. universities to remain below 2011 levels - David Eggert, Associated Press

Aggregate funding for Michigan's public universities in the next state budget will still be less than it was before a major cut five years ago, despite Gov. Rick Snyder's initial proposal to bring them back to levels in place when he took office in 2011. Spending will rise roughly $40 million to $1.4 billion, a 2.9 percent increase, under a spending plan up for final legislative votes this week. The Republican governor and lawmakers had hoped for a $60 million, or 4.4 percent, boost. More than a third of the 15 state universities — Michigan, Michigan State, Wayne State, Western, Eastern and Oakland — will receive less in the next budget than in the 2010-11 fiscal year. That was the year Snyder took office and subsequently cut state aid by 15 percent following years of reductions during Gov. Jennifer Granholm's tenure.

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