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Tuition increases, job cuts possible to meet Mississippi budget

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - The Mississippi Legislature meets January 5 to begin the task of cutting over $800 million from the 2011 state budget.

Among the items under consideration include eliminating 3,600 state jobs, and cutting both state agencies and education by 10 to 12 percent.

In order to meet the anticipated shortfall, the State College Board is now considering a three-year tuition increase schedule.

Tuition at Mississippi's universities has increased 12 out of the last 14 years, but board officials say in order to continue quality education with declining revenues, tuition hikes are a must.

Commissioner Hank Bounds said university budgets are expected to shrink by 13 percent beginning in July and 23 percent in 2012.

Universities have also had to institute hiring freezes, cut travel and delay campus repairs. 

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