Monday, July 25, 2016

4 percent state budget cuts could affect UTA funding - Matt Fulkerson, The Shorthorn

It’s too soon to tell if a request from lawmakers for state agencies to decrease budgets will affect UTA’s budget. In June, Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Speaker of the House Joe Strauss authored a letter to agencies requesting they lower budget requests in the upcoming 2018-19 budget cycle by 4 percent. Higher education is not included in the letter’s list of agencies exempt from the cut. “As the starting point for budget deliberations, we are requiring each agency to trim four percent from their base appropriation levels,” the letter stated. To date, university administration has not received any information regarding how, or if, the requested cuts could affect UTA’s funding, university spokeswoman Bridget Lewis said.

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