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WSU Facing Another $7.8M Budget Cut

Rob Kauder
Internet Content Manager, KXLY.com

December 13, 2010

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Following state lawmakers’ moves to balance the budget in Olympia over the weekend, Washington State University reported Monday afternoon its facing another $7.48 Million in budget cuts.

The moves by lawmakers in Olympia that led to the latest budget shortfall in Pullman came as officials were taking steps to close a projected $1.1 Billion shortfall in state revenue.

"It is clear that the State is in a dire financial circumstance," said WSU President Elson Floyd. "This cut is yet another reflection of the difficulties lawmakers face in balancing this state's budget, with no end to the crisis in sight."

This budget cut is the latest in a string of deep and devastating cuts for WSU, which has seen its budget cut nearly a half dozen times since 2008. In total WSU has lost 34-percent of state funding in the last two years.

The latest cut comes on the heels of a temporary cut of $11.2 Million earlier this fall.

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