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(DENVER) - Governor Bill Owens today requested that the Joint Budget Committee reduce the University of Colorado's spending authority by $13.8 million in response to the University's 28% tuition increase for in-state undergraduate students. The request was made through the Governor's Office of State Planning and Budgeting and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.
"CU's 28 percent tuition increase violates the understanding the institutions had with my office and the legislature," said Owens. "I am calling on the legislature, through the Joint Budget Committee, to make clear our commitment to keeping CU affordable for students."
Through the supplemental budget process, the Governor requested that the Joint Budget Committee lower CU's spending authority, which would result in CU not having the ability to spend the additional revenue raised by the tuition increase. Based on state law, both the Office of State Planning and Budgeting and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education can request budget adjustments from the JBC.
The Colorado Commission on Higher Education voted to send the request to the Joint Budget Committee at a special meeting this afternoon.
Owens also released a public letter to Colorado citizens regarding CU's tuition increases along with an analysis of CU's statements regarding its tuition increase.
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