Budget Cut Information Center
The University of West Georgia recently had to develop and submit a budget reduction plan for $8.1 million. This request came after Georgia state legislators asked the University System of Georgia to draft a plan for an additional $300 million in cuts.
Read Dr. Sethna's original response on Feb. 25, 2010.
It is important to note that these submissions are drafts – works in progress. It is possible that the Legislature, when it sees the enormous pain that would occur, would seriously modify its approach.
But it’s also important to note the magnitude of hardship UWG and the University System might face.
As the state seeks to extract an additional $1 billion from its overall budget, the University System’s share of that cut, $300 million, would amount to 30 percent of that total. But the University System receives only 12 percent of the state’s budget.
That disproportionate impact would be damaging to the state’s colleges and universities, and is something legislators will have to give serious consideration.
If you have an opinion on this, you should share it with your elected representatives.
Such severe cuts could hurt the very future of this state by reducing its intellectual capital -- including faculty, support functions, and students. U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia, who visited campus recently, made a point of saying that our political system is not a spectator sport -- it is an intensely participative one; so, it would be very appropriate for each of us to let our elected representatives know how we feel about these cuts and the importance of higher education.
UWG and the 34 other institutions in the University System have already endured substantial reductions.
Call, e-mail and write to your state lawmakers today to let them know where you stand on higher education and its critical role in shaping the state’s future.
Contact Key Lawmakers on this Issue
Senator Seth Harp, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education
Representative Earl Ehrhart, Chairman of the House Appropriations
Subcommittee on Higher Education
Representative Bill Hembree, Member of the House Appropriations Committee
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