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News Service:

Annette Hacker, director,
(515) 294-3720

Office: (515) 294-4777

2-17-06

Contacts:

Gregory Geoffroy, President, (515) 294-2042

John McCarroll, University Relations, (515) 294-6137

Statement by President Geoffroy in response to action of House Education Appropriations Subcommittee

The appropriation to Iowa's public universities recommended Thursday by the House Education Appropriations Subcommittee is extremely disappointing.

The proposed increase of $6 million for Iowa State, the University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa is less than a 1 percent budget increase and falls seriously short of even a maintenance funding level. Iowa State's $2.4 million share of that amount does not even cover the $2.7 million cost of salary mandates for Iowa State employees included in the state AFSCME contract, let alone provide anything for compensation increases for the university's faculty and professional/scientific staff.

The Board of Regents approved a modest 4 percent tuition increase for fall 2006, which will barely cover the increases in our fuels and utilities budget and other unavoidable cost increases, again leaving nothing available to help the university regain salary competitiveness with our peer institutions.

Iowa State and our sister universities are continually urged by our elected leaders in the State Capital to devote more energies and resources to helping strengthen Iowa's economy, which we have been committed to doing. But that requires the state to provide adequate operating support for the regents universities and salaries for excellent faculty who can lead those economic development efforts. The House appropriations subcommittee's budget recommendation does not do that.

If this funding level is given final approval, Iowa State University will receive less state money for fiscal year 2007 than we did in 1998! What kind of commitment to economic development or public higher education is that?

I'm deeply troubled by this subcommittee recommendation, and I hope that the full appropriation committee will demonstrate a much stronger and more appropriate commitment to the state's public universities.

Gregory L. Geoffroy
President
Iowa State University

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Quick look

In this statement, issued Feb. 17, President Gregory Geoffroy said he was "deeply troubled" by the House Education Appropriations Subcommittee's recommended appropriation to Iowa's public universities.