Friday, March 20, 2015

Saluki administrators nervous of final state budget numbers - Todd Hefferman, the Southern

SIU administrators began meeting two weeks ago to prepare for a potential cut of up to $32 million dollars in fiscal year 2016 for the Carbondale campus, but they are hopeful the final hit will be significantly less. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget plan unveiled last month puts SIU at a loss of $62 million, with $12 million of that for the medical school in Springfield and $18 million for SIU-Edwardsville, according to SIU President Randy Dunn. If that stands in July, when the new fiscal year begins, it could "hollow out" the Carbondale campus and force the Salukis to consider dropping sports.

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