January 18, 2008
State Appropriations for Higher Education See Biggest Jump in Decades
State-tax support for higher education climbed 7.5 percent in the 2007-8 budget year, to $77.5-billion, according to a national survey released last week. It was the highest annual increase since 1985.
The increase marks the fourth year of growth following a 2.1-percent downturn in the 2003-4 fiscal year, said James C. Palmer, director of the project, which is conducted by the Center for the Study of Education Policy at Illinois State University.
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