The Ottumwa Courier

May 17, 2013

Iowa Legislature approves higher education budget

Ottumwa Courier

---- — DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers have reached a spending compromise for Iowa's public universities and other education programs.

The state House and Senate approved the $897 million higher education budget Thursday evening. It's a compromise including enough money to freeze in-state tuition at the state universities.

Members of the Board of Regents previously promised to freeze in-state tuition if the Legislature approved the necessary budget increase. The budget plan would increase their budget by 2.6 percent.

The final budget is $66 million less than the original Senate proposal and about $3 million more than a House version.

It also includes spending for the education department, blind school, College Aid Commission, Vocational Rehabilitation and Iowa Public Television.

It will next move to the governor for his signature.