The University Record, June 5, 1995
The State Senate last Thursday approved higher education appropriation recommendations made by Gov. John Engler and included in its bill an additional $18.8 million on a one-time basis for maintenance and technology purposes at 12 of Michigan's 15 public universities. The U-M could expect to receive about $9 million of this special appropriation.
Engler earlier this year recommended increases ranging from 6 percent to 7.8 percent for Michigan State, Western Michigan and Grand Valley State, while the other 12 state universities would get just a 3 percent increase in base funding.
The bill now goes to the State House, which is not likely to concur. The bill will then go to a joint Senate-House conference committee for deliberation.
An amendment offered by Sen. Joe Conroy to withhold the U-M's base appropriation until it meets an enrollment ratio of 70 percent instate students and 30 percent non-residents was defeated.
Legislators still expect to complete budget actions by June 16.