Friday, April 3, 2009


Here's a good story on state universities handling recent budget cuts and bracing for cuts that may be coming soon. Here's a section to note:
Kentucky colleges and universities most recently took a 2 percent hit this spring. The cut was ordered by Gov. Steve Beshear as officials in Frankfort cope with an estimated $456 million shortfall this fiscal year, which ends June 30.

Todd, in his e-mailed budget memo, said UK's administration will absorb the entire 2 percent cut, which amounts to $6.3 million.

That will be shared by his office, Provost Kumble Subbaswamy and Frank Butler, UK's executive vice president.

As an informed guess, I suspect this isn't about abandoning public relations or fund raising or legal advice or fiscal oversight. It's about some special projects that have been cancelled or postponed at an early stage. It's very hard to imagine any ongoing meat-and-potatoes administrative work that was slated to cost $6.3 million but instead can be "absorbed" half way through the fiscal year.

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