USU budget cut from Legislature is 18 percent
March 16, 2009 | LOGAN Final numbers are in, and
Utah State University will receive an 18 percent budget
cut for fiscal year 2010.
The decision was announced Thursday at the end of
the Utah legislative session. However, the Legislature
was able to back fill 9 percent of the budget reduction,
leaving USU with a considerably softer blow, said Michael
Kennedy, special assistant to the president of USU for
state and federal relations.
"Our ongoing budget reduction is 18 percent, but for
one the Legislature gave us 9 percent back," Kennedy
said. "However, if the economy doesn’t get better next
year USU will have to take the full cut."
However, this may not be necessary.
The Legislature used federal stimulus money to back
fill the budget cuts and did not touch the approximate
$500 million rainy day fund, Kennedy said. Meaning next
year, if the economy continues to slip, there is still
a chance the Legislature will be able to aid higher
This being said, Kennedy suggested that USU should
plan to take the full cut in 2011 as a precaution.
Kennedy said the silver lining of this situation is
that USU is not expecting any further budget reductions
for 2009. The mandatory furlough, which took place over
spring break, and other small cuts thus far have already
taken care of 4 percent of the cut, leaving only 5 percent
to make up for next year.
A committee of central administrators will be established
to determine what programs at USU can be cut, Kennedy
said. The committee will be looking at what programs
are necessary to continue providing a quality education,
and what programs are only a luxury.
The dean of each college is also being asked to outline
a plan describing what can be done in their own departments
to help with budget cuts, Kennedy said.
"The pain is still there, but it's not as painful
as we thought it would be," Kennedy said.