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Governor recommends 28 percent tuition increase

Student rally at WSU protesting budget cuts on April 2, 2009 Student rally at WSU protesting budget cuts on April 2, 2009
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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Gov. Chris Gregoire has asked lawmakers to let state universities increase tuition by up to 28 percent over the next two years to help offset deep budget cuts.

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The request was made to Democratic House and Senate leaders Tuesday in Olympia. It's a change from the temporary surcharge Gregoire had initially sought. That surcharge would have been on top of the current 7 percent cap, but would have been temporary and removed after two years.

Under Gregoire's current proposal, four-year universities would be authorized to raise tuition by up to 14 percent each year for the next two years. Community and technical colleges would be authorized to raise tuition by 7 percent per year.

Victor Moore, Gregoire's budget director, said that after the two years, the cap would revert to 7 percent, but the new base tuition established by prior increases would stand.

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Lawmakers are still working out the details, but they've identified education as a major target for spending cuts as they work to fill a roughly $9 billion budget deficit. More...


 

 

 

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