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A legislative committee has approved a $16.2 billion education spending plan with a modest boost in K-12 aid but different amounts for universities and community colleges than proposed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

The proposal passed Wednesday increases university operations funding by 3.4 percent, less than a 4.4 percent boost sought by the Republican governor.

Democrats on the Republican-led House Appropriations Committee who voted against the bill say funding for roughly a third of Michigan's 15 universities would stay below levels from six years ago.

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Some out-state school officials would be OK with tapping the state’s School Aid Fund to help Detroit Public Schools pay down debt. That’s if they get some assurances.

Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposal would tap the state’s School Aid Fund to pay for the measure. School leaders outside Detroit have balked at that idea – saying the plan shouldn’t come at the expense of every other Michigan student.

But some say they could support the plan if it also protects that fund from being used for things other than K-12 education.

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