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University System Asks Budget Writers For $100 Million

Kyle Todesca, UNH

The University System of New Hampshire is asking lawmakers for $100 million dollars in annual state funding.

That’s more than twice what they were given in the previous budget.

Heads of the various state departments, and the presidents of the state’s universities went before budget writers today to present their initial requests for state funds.

Chancellor of the University System, Ed McKay, says he is cautiously optimistic that governor elect Maggie Hassan will make restoring the cuts from the last budget a priority.

McKay: We are requesting a substantial renewed financial commitment from this state, but we are doing so based on a well-earned national reputation for controlling costs.

University leaders say that lowering the cost of higher education in New Hampshire is essential to keeping young people in the state, and vital to the state’s economic future.

The restoration of the cuts to the university system is by no means a sure thing, however.

Republican leaders have said that any increased spending will have to be made up for by cuts elsewhere.

Sam Evans-Brown has been working for New Hampshire Public Radio since 2010, when he began as a freelancer. He shifted gears in 2016 and began producing Outside/In, a podcast and radio show about “the natural world and how we use it.” His work has won him several awards, including two regional Edward R. Murrow awards, one national Murrow, and the Overseas Press Club of America's award for best environmental reporting in any medium. He studied Politics and Spanish at Bates College, and before reporting was variously employed as a Spanish teacher, farmer, bicycle mechanic, ski coach, research assistant, a wilderness trip leader and a technical supporter.
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