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February 23, 2007

Jischke: House budget version a step in the right direction

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University President Martin C. Jischke issued the following statement on Friday (Feb. 23) after the Indiana House of Representatives approved a state budget proposal for the 2007-2009 biennium:

"The budget passed by the House on Thursday (Feb. 22) includes significant improvements over the version that came out of the Ways and Means Committee. We are grateful to our Lafayette area legislators and others who worked hard on behalf of higher education.

"Although the 2 percent provided in this budget does not adequately address inflation and enrollment growth at Fort Wayne and Calumet is not addressed, the budget fully funds Purdue's advanced manufacturing request, which is very important for our state's economic growth. The House also has restored the payment of appropriations that the state withheld from the university in previous years and provides funding for the replacement of a boiler that is necessary for the operation of the West Lafayette campus.

"I remain concerned that this budget bill includes a fee cap, which would be an impediment to sound management by our trustees and which I believe would result in a deterioration of the quality of our state's universities.

"We will continue to work with the General Assembly to make the case for funding a higher education system that can lead Indiana to a more prosperous future."

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

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