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Published April 19, 2011, 02:42 PM

ND Legislators Make Progress on Higher Ed Budget

Lawmakers who are working on the North Dakota university system's budget have agreed to shave $2 million from proposed spending.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Lawmakers who are working on the North Dakota university system's budget have agreed to shave $2 million from proposed spending.

House and Senate negotiators trimmed $1 million from a fund for new college programs. The budget for the university system's central Bismarck office was reduced by $300,000.

Lawmakers also reduced the cost of a University of North Dakota computer building from $14 million to $13.4 million. The building will host the state university system's data.

Negotiators are trying to balance higher education spending proposals from the North Dakota House and Senate. The Senate wants to spend about $30 million more than the House. Both proposals would increase the current levels of spending.

The budget bill is HB1003.

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