Education Cuts Approved

By: AP
By: AP
A Michigan Senate committee approved Wednesday a number of funding cuts to education, including cutting $10 million for community colleges. Committee passage does not indicate final approval.

The Michigan Capitol is shown at twilight Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, in Lansing, Mich. Lawmakers continue work on budget bills that deal with a $2.8 billion shortfall before an Oct. 1 deadline. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

LANSING, Mich. -- A Michigan Senate committee recommends cutting community college funding by 3.4 percent.
The Republican-led Senate Appropriations Committee approved the $10 million cut Wednesday by an 11-5 vote along party lines. The measure next goes to the Senate floor.
It's one of numerous votes that indicate Michigan education funding may be cut at every major level in the fiscal year that begins in October.
Republican Gov. Rick Snyder proposed holding community college funding steady next fiscal year. But plans in both the Senate and House propose cuts.
Universities and K-12 schools are even more likely to face substantial cuts.
A House subcommittee on Wednesday voted to cut K-12 school funding an additional $285 to $331 per student, in addition to a $170 per student cut already in place.

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