Gov. Culver released his budget recommendations for fiscal 2011 last week. Included in his budget are recommendations for restoring some $31 million to the Regent institutions. This is a welcome sign of support, however, we need to remain cautiously optimistic as the Iowa General Assembly continues its work on the budget. A statement about the process from David Miles, president of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, can be viewed at http://www.regents.iowa.gov/news/DWMstatementGovBudget012710.pdf. You can see the Governor's proposed budget at http://www.governor.iowa.gov/.