Lawmakers Compromise on Public University Spending

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By Kayleigh Milas

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

A joint committee on Wednesday approved $897 million in spending, an amount they say is enough to freeze 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 plan backed by the committee would increase the budget by 2.6 percent.

Democratic Sen. Herman Quirmbach of Ames says he's disappointed the plan doesn't include more money for student financial aid.

The final budget is $66 million less than the Senate plan but 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.

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