Friday, February 24, 2017

Leg proposes budget cuts to Montana’s university system - Mike Dennison, KTVH

A legislative budget panel Thursday recommended a 3.5 percent cut in Montana’s university system budget – a move that could lead to student tuition increases of more than 20 percent this fall. Yet members of the bipartisan committee emphasized that Thursday’s votes are just the first step in the budgeting process, and that the final budget approved by the 2017 Legislature likely will be different. “We can’t appropriate money we don’t have,” said Rep. Tom Woods, D-Bozeman, a member of the Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education. “(But) we’re still a long way from the finish line. We don’t have (final) revenue estimates yet.”

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