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In Other Words: Ickes Talks Budget

The state continues to wrestle with budget shortfalls for fiscal year 2012. Though there has not been an agreement on what this means for state agencies, varying degrees of cuts have been proposed.

Governor Otter has proposed a 1.3 percent cut to general education budgets and no cuts to the Agriculture Research and Extension Service budgets. However, more recently the Idaho Division of Financial Management offered a plan that would make a 5.3 percent cut to most state agencies.

“Such reductions could do untold damage to our already stressed higher education system,” President M. Duane Nellis wrote to the University community recently. “My leadership team and I will continue to work tirelessly to help the legislature understand the vital importance of investing in higher education.”

Further, University leadership has sought to ensure the best use of University resources for the coming year. One part of this effort has been budget discussions led by Keith Ickes, Executive Director of Planning and Budget.

Being prepared with a solid understanding of our financial situation is essential for the University community to ‘own our own destiny,’ according to Ickes.