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Iowa House, Senate OK Higher Ed Funding Increase

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    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa House and Senate have approved an education budget that should let higher education officials freeze tuition for a second-straight year.

    The Des Moines Register reports both chambers approved a $986.1 budget Wednesday night and sent the measure to Gov. Terry Branstad.

    The spending plan includes 4 percent increases for Iowa's three public universities, plus an additional $2.6 million for the University of Northern Iowa.

    Lawmaker were able to resolve a disagreement over funding of the University of Iowa. House Republicans had wanted to give Iowa a smaller increase.

    The bill also increases general aid to community colleges by 4.1 percent, to $201.3 million.

    Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter thanked lawmakers for the funding increase.