PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The board that governs South Dakota’s university system is requesting more state funding in an effort to hold down tuition and fee increases for students at the six state-run schools. The Board of Regents voted unanimously Thursday to approve a budget request that seeks an increase of $14.5 million in state money for operating the schools in the year beginning in July 2013. The governor and next year’s Legislature will have the final say on the budget. The budget request seeks $3.2 million in new state money to reward universities for graduating more students and increasing research. Other state money is sought to offset inflation, increase faculty salaries and maintain buildings. Regents say that extra state money is needed to limit increases in the tuition and fees paid by students.
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