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by Bob Dvorsky

College students return to campus next week. Unfortunately, the state’s budget mess will hit many of them in the pocketbook.

Massive cuts have slashed more than $36 million from what was originally approved for community colleges and state universities this fall. Education is being sacrificed at the expense of tax breaks for special interests and out-of-state corporations.

As a result, college students will pay more. In June, Iowa’s Board of Regents decided to increase tuition at our three state universities by 5 percent for the 2017-18 school year — more than double what was expected.

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