WPR News
8:23 am
Mon February 23, 2009

UW considers budget cuts

Laramie, WY – The University of Wyoming has asked groups of faculty, staff, and students to identify what they don't want to lose if the Governor has to reduce the university's budget.

The state's future energy revenue is uncertain, and overall revenue forecasts have been declining. So the Governor has asked all state agencies to prepare budgets reduced by 5 percent and 10 percent. U-W Provost Myron Allen says he thinks that request has some people at the University worried about losing their jobs: "I think there's some of that. I think there's also a lot of concern that we not lose a significant amount of ground. We've made a lot of headway over the last decade because of the state's very generous support."

Allen says the University won't know for awhile how much money the Governor might cut from its budget. But he says it's important that U-W lay out its priorities now.