Posted at: 05/16/2013 6:18 PM

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Iowa House Approves Higher Education Budget

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - House lawmakers have reached a spending compromise for Iowa's public universities and other education programs.
    
The House approved the $897 million higher education budget in an 86-4 vote Thursday evening. It's a compromise including enough money to freeze in-state tuition at the state universities.
    
Members of the Board of Regents previously promised to freeze in-state tuition if the Legislature approved the necessary budget increase. The budget plan would increase their budget by 2.6 percent.
    
The final budget is $66 million less than the Senate plan and about $3 million more than a House version.
    
It also includes spending for the education department, blind school, College Aid Commission, Vocational Rehabilitation and Iowa Public Television.
    
It now moves to the Senate for approval.

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