Report: Republican Legislators Propose Bill To Strip Mich. State U, Wayne State Of Millions In Funding

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

A bill introduced by four House Republicans would cut millions of dollars in state funding from Michigan State University for raising tuition at what they say are excessive rates, the Detroit Free Press reports.

The four legislators are all members of the Michigan House's appropriation's higher education subcommittee. Their bill would take back incentive money award to universities for keeping their tuition increases under 7.1 percent.

That would cost MSU $18.3 million. It would also cost Wayne State University $12.8 million, the Free Press reports.

The quartet of lawmakers believe the two institutions used a legal loophole to circumvent the penalty, as state lawmakers imposed a 7.1 percent tuition-hike cap.

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