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Connecticut Governor Seeks $1.5-Billion Boost for STEM Fields at UConn

Public colleges in most states are expecting little or no increase in state appropriations for the coming fiscal year. But Gov. Dannel P. Malloy of Connecticut, a Democrat, is proposing to pump $1.5-billion into the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields at the University of Connecticut over the next decade.

A report in The Hartford Courant says the plan, which will be formally announced on Thursday, includes money for upgrades to science facilities at the university’s main campus, in Storrs, and for hiring nearly 260 faculty members at the flagship and two other campuses.

The additional spending, which still must be approved by the Legislature and the state’s Bond Commission to be disbursed, would be a big reversal for the university, which last month was struggling to deal with a $10.3-million cut in state money. That decrease threatened to scuttle the university’s plan to hire 275 new faculty members.

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