Saturday, May 6, 2017

WLU remains hopeful despite looming budget cuts - Josh Smith, West Liberty Online

As the state prepares for the new fiscal year, proposing a new budget is the top priority. The House and Senate recently passed the West Virginia state budget, and it was on its way for approval by Gov. Jim Justice. In the proposed budget, cuts affected the Department of Health and Human Resources and Medicaid; however, WLU and universities across the state will also be affected with cuts from higher education. The proposed budget will cut nearly $30 million from higher education across the state, affecting all four-year institutions. The budget cuts will affect major universities like West Virginia University and Marshall University the most, with a proposed 8.5 percent cut. The average cut relating to the rest of the universities falls between four and five percent, which would include WLU.

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