NU Officials Disappointed with Budget Proposal

NU President J.B. Milliken

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- University of Nebraska officials are unhappy with a preliminary state budget that allocates less money than what Gov. Dave Heineman had proposed.

University of Nebraska President J.B. Milliken says in a statement that he was "surprised and disappointed" with the recommendations from the Legislature's Appropriations Committee.

The committee released a tentative budget this week that increases state aid to the university by $36 million, compared with the $62 million increase in Heineman's proposal. Milliken says the aid increase is crucial for growing student enrollment, expanding key programs, and keeping the university competitive.

The committee's chairman, Sen. Heath Mello of Omaha, stresses that the budget is preliminary and subject to change. Mello says lawmakers have proposed reasonable increases for the university, but lawmakers also plan to revisit the funding.