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Proposed budget bill would cut $41M from Iowa's three public universities
The Iowa state Board of Regents has asked the University of Iowa and other member institutions to develop contingency plans in case the state government shuts down July 1, Regents president David Miles said Tuesday.
If lawmakers do not agree on a state budget by the end of the fiscal year June 30, it is uncertain how state agencies will continue to operate.
The House will debate a budget bill today that would cut $41 million from Iowa's three public universities, but Kaufmann said that bill is just a starting point.
Miles told lawmakers at a budget hearing Monday that a $41 million cut on top of the $118 million already incurred by the schools in the last three years would create incredible hardships for administrators, faculty and students.
Miles said the proposed cuts likely would lead to larger class sizes and fewer class offerings as well as impact the schools' ability to retain top faculty members.
At UI and ISU, state appropriations account for about 38 percent of the general fund. The University of Northern Iowa relies on state appropriations for 50 percent of its general fund, according to Miles.