Indiana Legislator, Feeling Ignored, Tries New Tactic

August 24, 2009

Beware the powerful legislator who feels ignored by higher education. In Indiana, Sen. Luke Kenley, chair of the Budget Committee, criticized Indiana and Purdue Universities over tuition increases, asking them to scale them back in light of the recession. Nothing happened. Senator Kenley's response? He's now threatening to use his committee's role to delay $53 million in construction projects at the universities, The Indianapolis Star reported. "This is a new, interesting situation that we've never had to deal with before," said Larry MacIntyre, a spokesman for Indiana University, told the newspaper. "If Senator Kenley withholds approval of these projects, it could be quite problematic for us, because some of them are time-sensitive, and work on some of them already has been bid, and those bids could expire."

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