Friday, March 31, 2017

Texas A&M's budget could be slashed by $29 million; former Sen. Ogden weighs in - Steve Kuhlmann, the Eagle

Texas A&M University could see $29 million in cuts to its current state funding over the next two years under the latest draft of the Texas Senate's state budget. Under the Senate's newly adjusted budget announced Wednesday, each university in the state would receive a 6 to 10 percent reduction of its current 2016-2017 funding levels. The Senate's updated budget proposal marks a shift from its first draft, which caused concern throughout the higher education community for its total removal of special-items funding -- a critical financial component for many regional universities. To help offset the funding to regional universities brought on by the elimination of special items, 12 growing universities -- including Texas A&M, Tarleton State University, Texas State University, Sam Houston State University and the University of Texas at Arlington -- are slated to contribute a total of more than $141 million out of their allotted funds.

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