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Governor Snyder proposes more money to public universities, students sound off

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(02/09/13) - If Gov. Rick Snyder has it his way, millions of dollars will go toward Michigan's public universities.

It's one of his promises in the budget he proposed last week, and educators here in Flint are thinking about what that means for local students.

"Everything I make is going toward tuition right now," said University of Michigan-Flint freshman Megan Hubarth.

A college education doesn't come cheap, so avoiding future tuition spikes is something Hubarth can get on board with.

"I think it would really help my experience here and just make it a lot better," she said.

Gov. Snyder is hoping to give more than $80 million to Michigan's public universities in his proposed budget.

UM-Flint Economics Professor Chris Douglas explains - schools will have to meet certain benchmarks to get the cash.

"The main one is keeping tuition increases under wraps," he said.

Schools won't get some of that funding if they increase tuition more than 3.2 percent, which is deeply appreciate by these students - and they have a few other ideas for the money.

"It can improve the housing facilities, expand housing facilities," said UM-Flint freshman Malcolm Barrett. "We have a gym here and stuff we could implement more in terms of soccer and stuff, have more fields."

Douglas said universities were hit hard at the beginning of Governor Snyder's term - and this starts to make up for it.

"Funding was cut by 15 percent that year so this year with state revenues looking a lot better the governor is trying to make up for that lost ground," Douglas said. "So that gets us back of half of what we lost."

Gov. Snyder is also proposing to spend more money on K-12 education, community colleges and police.

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