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Regents order Iowa universities to cut $17 million

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- The Iowa Board of Regents has told state universities to cut $17 million from their budgets by the end of the fiscal year on June 30.

The regents decided earlier this month to cut university budgets by $7 million. Gov. Chet Culver then ordered a 1.5 percent across-the-board cut in state spending on Thursday.

The regents say in a release that the heads of the state's public universities need to respond with a plan by Jan. 9. The cuts could include hiring freezes, furloughs and leaving unfilled positions vacant.

The cuts to universities are proportional to their budgets, so Iowa will be hardest hit with about $7.5 million in cuts, followed by Iowa State losing about $7.1 million and Northern Iowa absorbing $2.6 million in cuts.

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