A budget subcommittee in the Michigan House has approved a higher education budget in Michigan for next year that increases spending by about 77 million dollars over the current fiscal year. However, it’s five million dollars smaller than what the governor recommended. A proposed amendment to bring the funding up to the governor’s recommendation was rejected. The Gongwer News Service reports that House Republican John Walsh of Livonia says committee approval is just part of the process of drawing up a budget, and he’s hopeful to get the amount back to what the governor recommended. The legislation allows state supported universities to increase tuition by no more than three-point two percent.