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Kustra Delivers $100 Million State Budget Proposal to Legislature

Boise State University President Bob Kustra presented the university’s proposed budget to state lawmakers Tuesday.

The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, composed of both House and Senate members, considers all state funding before presenting appropriations bills to the full Legislature.

Gov. Butch Otter recommended $100.5 million from the state’s general fund, an increase of about $4.3 million from last year. Boise State’s overall budget is more than $500 million.

Otter’s recommendation includes more than $3 million generated through the state’s formula that assures general fund dollars follow the students as they choose which college to attend. Boise State has welcomed record-setting first-year classes in each of the past two years.

Kustra told the lawmakers that “enrollment workload adjustment” money is “exactly what stands behind each and every one of these students.”

The budget committee will hear all agency budget proposals, then begin setting budgets on Feb. 16.