Michigan governor backs 6.1% hike in aid for state's universities

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Gov. Rick Snyder Wednesday was set to call for a 6.1 percent boost in state support for universities, the largest percentage increase of taxpayer support for higher education since 2001, The Detroit News has learned.

Snyder was set to ask lawmakers to increase state university spending $80.3 million and give Michigan’s 28 community colleges a 3 percent hike in funding of $8.9 million more in the 2015 fiscal year, the governor’s office told The News exclusively.

The proposal, coupled with smaller increases in 2012 and 2013, represents the biggest increase in higher education funding the Republican governor has pursued since slashing state support for universities by 15 percent or nearly $150 million in 2011, his first year in office.

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