Legislature's budget means 1% cut in state money to UNK

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KEARNEY, Neb (KSNB) Governor Ricketts Wednesday signed budget bills passed by the legislature this week.

UNK officials were breathing a little bit easier because the cut to it's state appropriation for the next budget year was only one per-cent. At one point during the session a four per-cent cut had been proposed.

Vice-chancellor for business and finance Jon Watts told Local 4 that UNK's state appropriation for the 12-month period beginning July 1, 2018, would be just more than $39 million. He said that represented about a one per-cent cut from the current budget year.

Watts said the school would likely be able to manage the reduction in state money without cutting any more faculty, staff or programs.

In February, UNK announced a number of cuts to athletic and academic programs, including the baseball team and the merger of two colleges. Watts said those cuts would remain in place because they addressed shortfalls in the current year's budget.

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