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Washington Universities Want to Cut Deal with Lawmakers

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SEATTLE (AP) - Washington's public university presidents are offering to compromise with the state Legislature over money for higher education.

The six presidents say they will agree to freeze tuition for the next two years - as Gov. Chris Gregoire has proposed - if the state infuses $225 million into their budgets.

The chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee says Gregoire's proposed budget was just a proposal.

Rep. Ross Hunter says it was full of assumptions that are not likely to happen. And he adds, finding $225 million for higher education when the state is already predicting a $900 million shortfall for the next biennium would be very difficult.

On the other hand, Hunter agrees with the six presidents that the state cannot continue to destroy the higher education system financially.