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Posted to Politics Watch by Steven Dickherber on Jan. 29, 2011 at 1:38 p.m.

Nixon unhappy over UM System tuition hike

Following the UM System Board of Curators' decision to raise tuition by an average of 5.5 percent, Gov. Jay Nixon released a statement criticizing the decision.

“This tuition proposal is well beyond the increase in the cost of living allowed by statute," Nixon said. "Universities should look first at achieving every efficiency in their operations before taking this type of action that affects families’ ability to pay for higher education."

A state law says universities should not increase tuition by more than inflation, but the board plans to appeal to a provision in this law in order to gain state approval and avoid penalties. The deadline for this appeal is Tuesday.

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