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Proposed state funding shows little increase for Austin Peay

Despite continued growth in student enrollment and an increase in program offerings, Austin Peay State University would receive about the same amount of state funding for 2006-07 as proposed by Gov. Phil Bredesen during his recent State of the State address.

The governors spending plan does not include an increase in operating funds over the 2005-06 fiscal year.
Despite continued growth in student enrollment and an increase in program offerings, Austin Peay State University would receive about the same amount of state funding for 2006-07 as proposed by Gov. Phil Bredesen during his recent State of the State address.

The governor's spending plan does not include an increase in operating funds over the 2005-06 fiscal year.

In addition, while a two percent salary increase is included, it is not recommended to be funded by the state. If the Tennessee General Assembly approves the recommendation, the salary increase will be funded from student fee increases or reallocation of existing resources.

Bredesen's proposed budget, however, sets aside capital funding of $1.5 million for code corrections to the Marks and McReynolds buildings on campus. Renovations for these buildings will provide needed critical classroom and support space, said Mitch Robinson, vice president for finance and administration at Austin Peay.

“We're appreciative to receive state funding for these projects,” he said.

It should be noted, though, that two capital projects at APSU — an astronomy observatory and installation of sprinkler systems in residence halls — will be financed through school bonds and other sources, not state funding. — Melony Leazer