State universities may have to tighten their purse strings even more, especially if the cut that the governor proposed in his budget address goes through. William Perry, president of Eastern Illinois University, testified in front of the Illinois House Appropriations for Higher Education Committee to urge the General Assembly not to cut their state aid by showing how they are working to save money.

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 “We’re putting a stake in the ground for affordability, with that very modest increase. And I believe that, based on our results, our performance and this commitment to affordability that we should be awarded with a level GRF operational appropriations rather than a cut,” Perry said.

The school’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2014 is $41.9 million. The budgeted amount for Eastern Illinois for Fiscal Year 2013 was $44 million.

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