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Sapir: Government Must Hold Line on Spending for Higher Education

Finance Minister Pinhas Sapir said here that the Israel government has spent over IL 400 million on higher education but warned that the line has to be drawn there. Institutions of higher learning have expanded immensely and this involved huge sums of money, Sapir said, adding the government cannot spend more on high education but must concentrate on other levels, mainly kindergartens. Sapir expressed hope that the current dispute over tuition fees would be resolved through negotiations between the student body, the government and the universities.

Meanwhile, additional government money is being sought in a different area. A bill was introduced in the Knesset that would require the Treasury to finance the election expenses of political parties as well as their expenses between elections. The measure provides for a permanent system of government financing instead of one-time payments. The size of the subsides would be relative to each party’s strength in the new Knesset to be elected next year. But each faction would be granted an advance on its subsidy towards its campaign expenses.

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