College Construction

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Colorado's colleges and universities are putting off new construction, renovations and even basic repair work.

And officials say that's because of a lack of state money.

Annual budgets in the late 1990s included up to 500 (m) million dollars for construction and repairs at the schools.

But three years of state budget cuts have dried up the funding, and there's less than ten (m) million dollars available this year.

That means construction and maintenance, leaky roofs, sinking sidewalks and electric woes are being left alone.

CU is using about two (m) million dollars from its general fund for repairs.

A school official says C-U has more than 200 (m) million dollars worth of maintenance needs.