USU President Stan Albrecht discussed upcoming budget cuts with the Associated Students of USU (ASUSU) Executive Council at its Tuesday meeting.Albrecht said he met with Utah Gov. Gary Herbert earlier in the day to talk about governer’s budget proposal, which includes a 3 percent cut this year but no additional cuts in 2011. The total amount will be about $13 million, but the Utah Legislature is considering other proposals that could raise the number to about $34.3 million, Albrecht said.”That’s a worst case scenario,” he said, “but what I think you will see happen is the Legislature ending up with something a lot closer to the governor’s budget.”Albrecht said he felt that the Legislature has a slightly different philosophy than the governor does about higher education spending.”The legislature wants to cut, then restore,” Albrecht said. “But the governor would rather not cut in the first place.”The governor also seems more comfortable using one-time funds, such as the Rainy Day Fund, to help alleviate cuts in higher education, Albrecht said. If the Legislature’s budgets are passed, it could mean up to a 12 percent reduction in course offerings and 435 university employees lost, Albrecht said.Restoring the quality of the university after such drastic cuts would take “a generation to rebuild,” Albrecht said.It is important the Legislature understands the impact of cuts on students if it were to take these “draconian measures,” Albrecht said, and the university supports the governor’s budget plan.”If anyone asks, we love the governor’s budget,” Albrecht said.
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