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Iowa Senate proposes millions more in cuts to regents, community colleges


Cedar Rapids Gazette: An Iowa Senate bill scheduled for discussion this afternoon would nearly quadruple the cuts that Gov. Kim Reynolds proposed earlier this month for the Board of Regents in the current budget year. The Senate Appropriations Committee will discuss a budget adjustment bill that would take back a combined $19.2 million in already-committed general education fund appropriations for the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa, according to Sen. Joe Bolkcom, D-Iowa City. Reynolds had proposed taking back $5.1 million from the three universities in the current budget year in an effort to mitigate a budget shortfall. The budget adjustment bill also takes a deeper dig at community colleges — proposing a $5.4 million takeback, compared with the $1.8 million Reynolds proposed cutting.

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