The state-supported universities in Ames, Cedar Falls and Iowa City are big losers in the final state budget plan developed by Republican legislators and agreed to by democrat Governor Tom Vilsack. Iowa State and U-N-I each get about one million more state tax dollars for general operations in the next budget year. The University of Iowa gets about half a million LESS. Legislators who represent the university communities are crying foul. Senator Patricia Harper of Waterloo says U-N-I teacher training programs need more money.Senator Joel Bolkcom of Iowa City says double-digit tuition increases may be the result.Senator Bob Dvorsky of Coralville says tuition increases will be “large” — making a college education too expensive for some students.But Republicans, like Senator Kitty Rehberg of Rowley say the legislature is giving the universities all it can. Rehberg says she wants to know where more money would come from to give to the universities.The Legislature and the Governor provided 18-million dollars for faculty and staff pay hikes at the universities — but it’ll take nine million more to cover the negotiated salary increases on the campuses. Leaders of the state universities say they’ll be forced to cut programs, and raise tuition significantly.
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