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House Approves Shift in University Funds

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The state House has approved a plan to raise spending for Iowa's public universities, but the measure would give the University of Iowa less of an increase than that given to Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa.
   The House approved the increased spending Tuesday night as part of a $984.1 million package for educational programs, excluding K through 12 funding.
   It passed on a party-line vote, 53 to 45.
   UNI funding would increase $7.7 million, ISU would rise $6.9 million and UI would increase by $4.5 million.
   Democrats say that could result in a tuition increase at Iowa, but Republicans told The Des Moines Register the school has enough cash reserve to avoid raising tuition.
   The House and Senate now will seek a compromise on the budget.

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