MOSCOW, Idaho-- University of Idaho President Duane Nellis says cuts to the state's public four-year colleges and universities recently announced by Gov. C.L. Butch Otter could have been much worse.

Nellis tells the Moscow-Pullman Daily News the 1.3 percent cut is much less than cuts he had heard could have gone as high as 13 percent.

He says the lower number gives him the impression that his promotion of higher education and decrying of the state's previous cuts to education is starting to resonate.

The University of Idaho has seen its overall budget reduced by 23 percent the last two years.

Nellis says his next task is to explain to lawmakers the different components of the university's budget and emphasize the practical applications of the school's research.

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