Senate Approves Lowest Higher Ed Budget in More Than a Decade

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Along a party-line vote of 28-7, the Idaho Senate approved a spending plan calling for 3.5 percent cut to the state's universities and colleges.

The $209.8 million general fund budget is $7.6 million less than a year ago, forcing Boise State, University of Idaho, Idaho State University and Lewis-Clark State College to face layoffs, program cuts, increased tuition or possibly all three.

The Fiscal Year 2012 higher ed budget is the lowest since 2000. Senate Bill 1181 now heads to House for consideration.

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