(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Utah's colleges and universities want more money.
The presidents of Utah's two largest public universities say they're in dire straights and need more money to stay on top.
Yesterday was the first of two days of meetings between legislators, the Board of Regents and the presidents of Utah's nine public colleges.
The institution heads want bigger budgets to deal with more students, higher utility costs and fund reductions.
They also want to increase tuition.
USU's priority is the four-point-two million dollar request for salary hikes.
The University of Utah wants more dollars for faculty and employee raises as well as their utility costs and higher student enrollments.
And all nine have asked for building projects funding.
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