Tuition hikes softened

Gov. Ted Kulongoski is set to veto a bill that would spike higher education tuition rates.

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The Legislature initially moved for cuts to higher education that were $11.5 million more than previously expected.

With the governor’s line-item veto expected, university officials now plan to limit increases to 9 percent at the three large universities and 6.5 percent at most small universities, following the Legislature’s limits…

Tuition increases will partially make up for a cut of nearly 10 percent from the university system’s $893.2 million 2007-09 budget. To get to the $807.5 million budget for 2009-11, the universities also plan to cut pay, jobs, classes and campus services.

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