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Hance warns of possible university layoffs, state budget cuts

By James Clark - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Texas Tech Chancellor Kent Hance warns that budget cuts to higher education could lead to layoffs.  Texas faces a biennial budget deficit of up to $27 billion.  To put that into perspective Texas needs to cut up to $1,089 of spending for every man, woman, & child in the state over the course of the next two years. 

Hance writes for an editorial published Friday in the San Angelo Standard Times, "While it is still early in this legislative session, Senate Bill 1 and House Bill 1 both propose severe cuts to higher education institutions for the next biennium."

Hance continues, "We will be forced to reconsider workforce and workload critical to our mission..." 

His statement applies to Texas Tech, the Health Sciences Center and Angelo State University.

Texas Tech and other state universities have already suffered from the budget crunch.  Hance writes, "... the Texas Tech University System has identified ways to reduce costs and has worked to return nearly $37.5 million to the state in the last two years."

Hance says Texas higher education has been hit harder than other areas of the state budget.  He says higher education represents 12.5% of the current budget but universities were asked to return 41 percent of the statewide reductions in the last two years.

(CLICK HERE) to read Kent Hance's entire editorial

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