Some mid-sized Michigan colleges would see significant cuts under a $1.7 billion higher education budget approved Thursday.
A state Senate subcommittee voted along party lines to send the budget to the full Senate. Republicans voted for it and Democrats opposed it.
Under the bill, 13 of the state's 15 public universities would receive more funding than they did in the current fiscal year. But eight of those would get increases of under one percent.
Northern Michigan University would see ten percent less and Wayne State a five percent drop.
The Senate proposal is similar to a higher education spending bill being considered in the House.