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April 11, 2007

Jischke: Senate budget plan significant for higher education

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University President Martin C. Jischke issued this statement Wednesday (April 11), following the passage of a state budget proposal by the Indiana Senate:

"The budget passed today by our senators - which closely mirrors the recommendations of Gov. Mitch Daniels and the Indiana Higher Education Commission - is the most significant higher education funding proposal during my seven years at Purdue. I believe our state's colleges and universities will make significant progress in the next few years if this budget emerges from the full General Assembly.

"In addition to providing additional operating funds, addressing funding disparities at our regional campuses and addressing many of our capital needs, the Senate has recognized the importance of some key economic development initiatives. It has restored most of the support for the 21st Century Fund and provided for expansion of Purdue's Statewide Technology and Technical Assistance programs.

"I compliment the Senate leadership on a statesmanlike effort. If this proposal becomes our state budget, I believe Indiana will make major economic strides in the next few years. I will work with them and other members of the legislature toward that end."

Joseph L. Bennett, (765) 494-2082, jlbennett@purdue.edu

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