Illinois State University Trustees have approved a budget request nearly 15% larger than state lawmakers approved for the institution in the current spending cycle. University leaders don't expect to get the nearly $85 million when they only received $74 million last year. But, the tradition for more than two decades is to ask for what they believe they need to run the institution. ISU has the same dollar support from the state it did in 1998. In the budget request is less than half a million dollars for new and expanded program requests. Most of the extra $10.8 million is cost and salary increases and deferred maintenance. About three million would go toward campus technology replacement.The new budget year capital appropriation request includes five major projects worth about $271 million. The list of priorities for ISU has remained unchanged for several years with Milner Library and a new Mennonite College of Nursing Building the top priorities. Lawmakers have said the next several budget years are likely to remain lean. And University officials are trying to plan for pension cost shifts from the state to the education institutions.
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