STATEMENT: Appropriations Committee’s final 2015-17 budget recommendation

“The budget package signed today by Governor Ricketts represents an important investment in affordable, high-quality education at the University of Nebraska. I am grateful to the Governor for his support and look forward to many more years of working together to achieve our shared goals for education and economic development. I also want to thank Chairman Mello, his colleagues on the Appropriations Committee, and members of the Legislature for their hard work and recognition of the important role the university plays in the state’s success.

“The support the Legislature and Governor have provided to the university will allow us to meet some of our most important objectives. One, keep tuition affordable for students and families. Two, fund the core operations of the university, including investments in talent. And three, advance initiatives – including the Health Science Education Complex in Kearney and UNMC-UNO biomedical technology institute – that will meet workforce needs and expand educational opportunities. Additionally, the support for the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture will allow it to build on its momentum in serving Nebraska agriculture.

“Finally, the state’s investment in the UNMC Global Center for Advanced Interprofessional Learning is a vital jump-start for this initiative which has the potential to transform the way medical education is delivered in our state. I am grateful to policymakers for their vote of confidence.”

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