ISU Forecasts Minimum 10% State Cut Next Year
Illinois State University Trustees will take up a budget resolution forecasting at least a ten percent cut in state funding next fiscal year. That is on top of whatever reductions come in the current year budget now deadlocked in Springfield. Jay Groves is an ISU spokesman.
Groves says the university in Normal has had more tuition revenue than expected thanks to healthy enrollment. And to make cuts that adjust to this year's reductions, he says ISU has already eliminated or left vacant more than four dozen management and staff positions, and reduced spending on maintenance, travel, and equipment.
Groves says using language that says a cut of 10% or greater, prevents having to pass another resolution if the reduction is more than the current guess.
For the current year's budget, Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed a plan that had an eight percent reduction for colleges and Universities. His original proposal was a 31% cut. Groves says ISU planners have several contingencies mapped out that include a range of options including reductions in staff.
Trustees meet Friday morning.