In January, Iowa Governor Chet Culver sent a budget proposal to the Iowa legislature asking for an increase in funding to Iowa’s Regents universities. The University’s budget figures for the fiscal year beginning July 1 won’t be finalized until the Iowa legislature votes on the state appropriations bill at end of the legislative session (slated for adjournment April 27), but UI administrators are encouraged by the governor's announcement, according to Mark Braun, UI state governmental relations director. Braun recently answered a few questions for fyi about the proposal and how it has fared so far in the legislature.
What did Governor Culver recommend in his budget proposal?
The governor recommended an increase of $25 million in operational funding and $40 million in salary funding for the universities. Specifically regarding The University of Iowa, he also recommended construction of a College of Public Health building and a Center for Regenerative Medicine, as well as funding for the Nonprofit Resource Center.
How did the recommendations fare in the subcommittee process?
The Education Appropriations Subcommittee recommended the $25 million in operational funding and funding for the Nonprofit Resource Center. The Transportation, Infrastructure, and Capitals Appropriations Subcommittee will not release its bills for several weeks; this is the committee that would determine funding for the new College of Public Health building and the Center for Regenerative Medicine.
What about salary funding?
This is usually one of the last bills the legislature introduces and deals with. We do not expect to see this bill for at least another month or so.
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