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February 28, 2007

Purdue president applauds Senate passage of lottery bill

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University President Martin C. Jischke issued the following statement on Wednesday (Feb. 28) after the Indiana Senate voted Tuesday (Feb. 27) in favor of a plan to franchise the state's lottery and use the funds to support several higher education initiatives:

"The Indiana Senate's approval of a bill that would bring significant new funding to higher education is an important step in our state's efforts to energize its economy. By keeping more of our best students in Indiana and improving our universities' ability to attract the best faculty talent, we can make a tremendous difference in the state's competitive position. We are grateful for the support of our senators, and we hope our friends in the House of Representatives will recognize the opportunity this bold tactic presents for the people of our state."

Source: Martin C. Jischke, (765) 494-9708, mcjischke@purdue.edu

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