LANSING (AP) – 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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The House plan increases community college aid by 3.4 percent, more than Snyder’s proposal. The panel concurred with Snyder’s proposed K-12 funding increase ranging between $60 and $120 per student.

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The vote was the first by either chamber’s full appropriations committee on the next state budget.

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