Because higher education has been hit with the burden of state budget cuts, a bi-partisan commission comprised of lawmakers and community leaders wants to grant higher education greater flexibility in select areas.
Lawmakers expect higher education to feel the negative effects of budget cuts over the next several years. Higher education is the only large part of the state budget that isn't protected by the constitution or the federal government, leading Gov. Bill Ritter last week to slash $145 million from the department in the proposed 2010-11 state budget.
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