In Michigan
4:16 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

Mich. governor likes some of Obama's tuition ideas

GRAND RAPIDS, MI –

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says he liked some of President Barack Obama's ideas on college tuition restraint.

The Republican governor didn't attend the president's Friday speech at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor about holding down college costs. Instead, Snyder was in Grand Rapids addressing the Michigan Press Association's annual meeting.

Snyder declined to say whether he'll recommend more state money for universities, saying "that will be part of the budget message" on Feb. 9.

He says he looks forward to "good dialogue with the universities" to ensure tuition stays down and more students graduate.

Funding for state universities dropped by 15% in this year's budget. Many schools raised tuition nearly 7% to help make up for the lost state support.