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U pleads for lower budget cuts

From the Daily:

Speaking before the Higher Education Budget and Policy Division, Pfutzenreuter said academic and support programs across the entire University system would be forced to reduce their operating budgets due to Pawlenty’s December cut.

Pfutzenreuter also outlined the University’s reaction to the cut it received in 2003.

“No one escaped budget cuts at the University back at that time,? he said.

Students assumed 46 percent of the cut that year through tuition increases, and faculty and staff carried another 15 percent of the load through salary freezes and other means.

Pfutzenreuter said everyone should expect to share a similar burden this time around, though administration is trying to avoid the double-digit tuition increases inherited during that time.

Sen. Sandy Pappas, DFL-St. Paul and chair of the division, said ideally students and staff would take none of the brunt of the bad economy.

“I don’t want students to have to carry any more of the load,?
she said. “There’s no good answers and good decisions with this whole thing. I think the University made the decisions [in 2003] as best they could and it resulted in most of it being borne by students.?

OurAdministration and the Board of Regents as late as December were still talking about going over to the state legislature and asking for approximately two hundred million dollars in new funding.

Time to wake up, Bob? Pfutz?

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