Improvements, Pay Raises Also In Governor's Budget Proposal
Filed Under: President's Post
The governor’s budget proposal also included several other projects of interest to the University community. It recommends a 2.1 percent reduction, or $1.6 million, in our state budget appropriation. This reduction is significantly less than the 5 percent reduction that was under consideration last fall. And it is likely that the impact of that reduction will be mitigated by a non-recurring payment from the “hold harmless provisions” in the new outcomes-based formula. I will be meeting soon with the provost, deans and vice presidents to discuss budget needs and challenges and, as always, we will make efforts to minimize the effect of these potential changes.
The proposal recommends a 2.5 percent salary increase for all state employees, including employees of the higher education systems, effective July 1. As usually the case, it will not be fully funded and higher education institutions will be required to find a portion of that increase.
Last but not least, the proposal included $5,320,000 for four capital maintenance projects:
- $2,140,000 for underground electrical updates;
- $1,620,000 for updates to heating and air conditioning in the Murphy Center;
- $1,050,000 to replace the Walker Library roof;
- And $510,000 for water and sewer system updates.