State budget woes mean cuts at state colleges

The state’s community and technical colleges recently received an $85 million cut across the board in the 2011-2013 biennial budget. Exact dollar amounts vary from school to school with each institution finding its own way of implementing the necessary budgetary changes.

Even after the state Legislature authorized Pierce College to raise its tuition rates for the 2008-09 school year; college officials still needed to reduce spending by $2.9 million for this year.

Shoreline Community College officials decided to cut an unspecified number of positions in order to meet lawmakers’ demands after a million dollars was removed from its allocation of state funds.

The Board of Trustees at Big Bend Community College declared on Oct. 19 a financial emergency for the 2011-2013 biennial budget. This action enables college officials to consider layoffs during the next two years. In an effort to keep teachers and staff employed, The Evergreen State College announced a 14 percent increase to its in state tuition rates earlier this quarter.

“They raised tuition once already, and then they sent a letter saying they may have to raise it again,” said David Winters, a student currently enrolled at the college.

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State budget woes mean cuts at state colleges

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