Des Moines, Iowa — Legislators have approved a more than three percent increase in state funding for Iowa’s community colleges, but the three public universities in Ames, Cedar Falls and Iowa City will see no increase in state support in the next budget year.
Senator Dan Zumbach, a Republican from Ryan, says two of his children who attended Iowa State University have about the same amount of college debt as his daughter who attended Wartburg.
Senator Eric Giddens, a Democrat from Cedar Falls, says Republican legislators aren’t following the spending level Governor Reynolds recommended for the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and University of Northern Iowa.
Senator Bill Dotzler, a Democrat from Waterloo, says Republicans are downgrading the state universities.
Senator Brad Zaun, a Republican from Urbandale, says too many public university graduates have to learn basic skills once they land a job.
Republicans in the Senate AND House approved the overall education spending plan Tuesday night.