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Bill to increase state funding to UNI passes Senate, headed to House

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

The Iowa Senate has passed a measure that gives the University of Northern Iowa $4 million more than the University of Iowa and Iowa State University in general state support.

Democrats supporting the proposal say the school has about 90% of in-state students. That leaves UNI fewer out-of-state students to pay higher tuition to fund operations.

The measure is part of a larger bill that provides funding for several organizations receiving state funding.

The education budget increases investment for UNI, including a $4.2 million cost-of-living increase, a $4 million special appropriation, and a $3 million increase for the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) initiative led by UNI.

"I'll work closely with Governor Branstad to oppose demands by the Republican-controlled Iowa House to impose drastic cuts to the budgets of UNI and Iowa's other state universities," State Senator Jeff Danielson (D-Cedar Falls) said in a written statement.

The bill goes back to the Republican-led House, which has proposed cutting funding for the three state-run universities by $31 million.

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