Wednesday, October 15, 2008

MUSC Can't Spare Any Change

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Wed, Oct 15, 2008 at 10:41 AM

Institutions are trying to find money to help with the $500 million state shortfall. The Post and Courier gave a few examples of the belt-tightening that local schools and programs have suggested. What's interesting is that the Medical University of South Carolina couldn't offer $1 in savings.

The Citadel: $1.6 million. This money would come from delaying a few programs and cutbacks in travel and library funds, as well as leaving open positions unfilled. Some layoffs are possible.

College of Charleston: $3.4 million. The majority of these cuts would come from various programs, including the Economic Partnership Initiative, the Global Trade and Resource Center and the Marine Genomics program. No layoffs were mentioned.

Trident Technical College: $2.7 million. There was no detailed breakdown. This figure was included in the Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education budget.

Sea Grant Consortium: $61,303. This would come from overall budget reductions and one layoff.

MUSC: $0. MUSC officials told the governor's office they could not make additional cuts.

Other proposed cuts:

--The Department of Natural Resources has proposed cutting more than $1 million from its law enforcement division.

--The Department of Motor Vehicles would save a little more than $1 million by closing offices on Saturdays.

You know what happens when you don't make your own reccomendations on cuts? The state makes the decision without you. Bad move, MUSC. Find those cuts before the state does.

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