President Milliken's statement on the state budget packagePresident Milliken's statement on the state budget package University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken today issued the following statement on the two-year budget package approved by the Legislature:
"The biennial budget approved today by the Legislature represents a timely investment in Nebraska's economic future. I know that Governor Heineman and members of the Legislature faced difficult decisions in crafting this budget, and I want to thank them for their commitment to education and job creation even in challenging economic times. Stable state support will allow the University of Nebraska to continue to provide affordable access to high-quality education -- our highest priority, which we know is shared by the Governor and other state leaders. This budget also positions us to maintain our momentum in areas like enrollment growth and research.
"The investment in Nebraska Innovation Campus is especially exciting for our state. Coupled with the developer agreement the university recently signed for Phase I of Innovation Campus, this support from the state will help provide the jump-start Innovation Campus needs to get off to a successful start so that new businesses will invest in Nebraska, creating jobs and growing our state's economy. Innovation Campus has great potential to build a more competitive economy for Nebraska by leveraging the university's expertise in food, fuel and water.
"This budget will represent the fourth and fifth years of essentially flat state funding, and the University of Nebraska will need to make budget reallocations this biennium in order to meet our basic obligations and invest in our priorities. Nevertheless, this budget puts the university in a stronger position than many of our peers across the country and allows us to continue to serve Nebraskans effectively through our teaching, research and outreach. I applaud Governor Heineman and members of the Legislature for recognizing the critical role the University of Nebraska plays in creating a bright future for our state."