Nebraska Colleges Plead for Continued State Funding

Representatives of Nebraska colleges pleaded with the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee Tuesday to preserve state funding for higher education.

With a state budget deficit looming, budget cuts seem inevitable, but University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds made his case Monday against decreased funding, and Tuesday, representatives from state and community colleges made a similar case.

The committee heard testimony from many proponents of college funding. Stan Carpenter, chancellor of Nebraska State College System, spoke for appropriations for Peru State, Wayne State and Chadron State.

Carpenter said the colleges have already survived a 4 percent cut imposed by the Legislature this year by making various cuts to their budgets. These cuts included holding jobs vacant and delaying equipment purchases.

 

 

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