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$1.99 billion requested to fund state universities
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The University System of Georgia Board of Regents is requesting $1.99 billion for its 2016 budget and a separate $254.8 million for facilities.

Board members approved the requests Tuesday during a meeting in Atlanta. Officials said the request will now go to Gov. Nathan Deal’s office.

University system officials said the budget request is $46.4 million higher — or 2.4 percent — than the state’s appropriation to the regents for fiscal year 2015.

Officials said the budget request is focused on student retention and achievement, and also accounts for funding increases in health insurance, retirement programs and more.

Aside from project design and construction officials said the request also includes $19.2 million for the Georgia Public Library System, which is expected to fund computer replacement, repairs and more.

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