LANSING, Mich. — Business leaders are protesting House-passed cuts in funding to the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and Wayne State University, saying the research schools are key to the state’s economic competitiveness.
The Republican-controlled House last week approved a higher education plan that would keep overall operations aid at roughly $1.5 billion but revise how it is split among 15 state universities.
The Ann Arbor school would see a 12%, or $39.5 million, reduction.
Wayne State’s funding would drop by 4%, or $8.2 million.
Funding would rise 10% for seven universities, including Central, Eastern and Grand Valley.