- Associated Press - Thursday, May 26, 2016

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan’s 28 community colleges will receive smaller funding increases than anticipated.

Their funding is going up 1.4 percent overall, or $4.4 million, in the state budget that will take effect in October.

A conference committee approved the $396 million community colleges budget Thursday. It is the first of 18 individual pieces of the budget to be hashed out since key lawmakers and Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration reached a framework agreement after tax revenue projections were revised downward and anticipated Medicaid costs were adjusted upward.

Funding increases for individual community colleges will range from 1.1 percent to 2 percent, depending on a formula.

Snyder and the Senate had planned for a 2.4 percent overall hike for community colleges. The House had proposed a 3.4 percent increase.

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