Politics Northwest | Higher ed officials press lawmakers to avoid more cuts | Seattle Times Newspaper

Politics Northwest | Higher ed officials press lawmakers to avoid more cuts | Seattle Times Newspaper.
By: Stephanie Kim
Published: Jan. 24, 2012

Trustees and regents from the state’s colleges and universities spent Tuesday at the Capitol urging lawmakers to prevent further cuts to higher education.

Twenty-eight regents and trustees met with members from the House and Senate higher education committees and Marty Loesch, Gov. Chris Gregoire’s chief of staff, among others.

Lawmakers cut $500 million from higher education last year, and Gregoire has proposed an additional $160 million cut to help deal with the state’s budget deficit.

According to Ted Basler, chair of the Board of Regents at Washington State University, the state is tied for the third most severe higher-education cuts in the nation.

“We’re in a world of hurt,” said Sid Morrison, chair of the Board of Trustees at Central Washington University. “We’re shooting ourselves in the foot — shooting our future. We’re interrupting the American dream.” (READ MORE…)

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