Gov. Terry Branstad said he vetoed funding for large construction projects at state colleges last week because more people are getting educated online. He said state officials need to reconsider how money is spent.
“I think we need to recognize that changes are taking place in the way that people learn and rather than have a lot of building that are going to sit empty in future years, we need to really decide are these absolutely essential,” he said.
The proposed projects were at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa State University in Ames and the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Lawmakers approved the projects in the budget forwarded to the governor in May.