Senate proposes 20 percent budget cut
The Senate budget keeps alive the concept of performance agreements, contracts between institutions like WSU and the state that will identify specific measurable outcomes for specific funding. The effort, originally scheduled for this biennium, became bogged down when state’s revenues fell.
The Senate budget contains language that direct WSU to consider various budget reduction strategies but does not dictate many specifics. Budget notes limit the cut to instructional areas to 20 percent, well within the scenarios the university has been exploring.
Once the House budget is released Tuesday, negotiations will continue between the House and Senate to resolve their differences on the operating budget. Capital construction budgets by the House and Senate are expected to be announced late this week. The discussion over the budgets will continue to involve the governor who will have to agree to sign the final budgets into law. The session is scheduled to adjourn April 26.