Nebraska’s state colleges and universities are asking lawmakers for millions of dollars in building projects.
The Nebraska State College System is seeking nearly $50.4 million to renovate three buildings and construct a new facility on its three campuses.
Chancellor Stan Carpenter made the funding request (LB755) to the state Appropriations Committee Tuesday morning.
“We recognize the difficulty that the state faces in its revenue projections, but these are buildings that really need attention,” Carpenter says. “As I said to the Committee, these are buildings that are owned by the state, owned by the people of Nebraska, and they really need to have those issues that we talked about in there addressed.”
The project list includes renovations to the Math Science building at Chadron State, the Theater/Event Center at Peru State and renovating Benthack Hall and a building a new Applied Technology Center at Wayne State.
The University of Nebraska is asking the state for $242 million for building projects (LB858).
President Hank Bounds says that’s over a 12 year period and would be matched dollar-for-dollar by the university through a 1% tuition increase in each of the first four years of the capital plan.
“With tuition and fees, whether we’re talking about UNL and its competitors and its peers, or UNK, or UNO, or UNMC,” Bounds says, “we are in a very competitive position. We are a fraction of the cost.”
The university’s project list includes 17 facilities across the four campuses and only includes academic buildings.
Members of the Appropriations Committee say given the current state budget situation, additional spending likely will not meet the requested amounts.