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February 19, 2007

Purdue president 'disappointed' by House committee budget action

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Indiana House Ways and Means Committee voted to approve a state budget proposal for the 2007-2009 biennium:

"Unfortunately, the budget proposal advanced by the House Ways and Means Committee would not allow Purdue or its sister institutions to serve the state in the ways Indiana needs if it is to grow and prosper in the 21st century. Although I know that we are in the early stages of a long budget process, I am very disappointed. This proposal is a significant step backward from the recommendation made by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and supported by the governor.

"The Ways and Means proposal does not provide adequate funding to deal with inflation - especially after an extended period of flat funding - and it does not restore appropriations that the state has delayed from previous years. By combining bare-bones funding with a proposed cap on student fees, this budget bill, if enacted, would begin to reverse the progress Purdue has made over the past seven years.

"I do not believe our state can build a thriving economy or a high quality of life unless it is willing to invest in great public universities. We will continue to work throughout the legislative process toward a budget that gives Indiana the best possible opportunity for future success. We hope our friends in legislature will work with us to ensure that the budget that finally passes the House is an improvement over the current version."

Source: Martin C. Jischke, (765) 494-9708

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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