The Governor’s current budget proposal for FY 2003 does not include any increase in appropriations for UNI’s general university operations. At best, we can hope to receive full funding for increases to salaries and wages.
Since the Legislature has not completed its work, we cannot be certain that the costs of salary and wage increases will be fully funded, nor can we know whether or not there will be further reductions in state appropriations.
As described to the campus in previous communications, increases in tuition revenue will be allocated to strategically restore some of the cuts from this year’s budget, and then to support strategic plan initiatives.
Following this year’s severe cuts in state appropriations, we need to be aware that across-the-board reductions have taken the already efficient operation as far as it can go without affecting personnel. Any further significant budget cuts may necessitate program reductions, which could lead to lost positions.