Education Dollars May Be Tougher to Come By in Upcoming Legislative Session

NOVEMBER 15, 2004 - Posted at 7:18 a.m. CST

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - University of Arkansas officials say they fear it could be harder to get research dollars out of the Legislature in the upcoming session.  The university's Fayetteville campus has made research a top priority as a way of entering the ranks of the top universities in the country.

But when legislators convene in January, their top priority will be finding a way to fund hundreds of millions of dollars worth of improvements in the state's school buildings.  The state is under an order from the state Supreme Court to improve the school facilities as well as the classroom offerings in the schools.

And Richard Hudson, the university's chief state lobbyist, says it's been getting harder and harder to get research dollars anyway, even without a mandate to fix the public schools.

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