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Board Seeks 8% Increase For Colleges $191.9 Million Request Follows Cut In State Spending This Year

Sat., Sept. 21, 1996

The state Board of Education will ask Idaho lawmakers to increase support for Idaho’s three universities and Lewis-Clark State College by almost 8 percent next year.

With the state’s financial condition tightening, the board scaled back the schools’ budget requests from $203.7 million to about $191.9 million before adopting its request on Thursday.

Two days earlier, Gov. Phil Batt imposed a 2.5 percent across-the-board cutback on state spending for the budget year that began July 1. That would be $4.45 million of the $178 million college and university appropriation for this year.

Information about how each school would fare under the board’s budget request for the year that begins next July 1 was not available. The original budget requests reflected a 14.4 percent hike over existing funding levels.

As part of its budget request, the board is seeking $802,000 for the University of Idaho to improve general programs.

The board is asking for a 13.7 percent increase in state support to $35.8 million for vocational education programs and a 9.7 percent increase to $12.4 million for the state’s two community colleges.

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