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Gee urges locals to contact state senators following budget cut

Staff reports

The Dominion Post

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  — WVU President E. Gordon Gee sent a message to the university community April 4 urging people to contact Republican state senators following a Senate Finance Committee decision to cut WVU’s budget by 15 percent.

WVU President E. Gordon Gee

According to Gee’s letter, the Senate Finance committee distributed a budget bill that reduces appropriations to WVU by 15 percent and makes reductions to other programs on campus.

“Our leaders should be investing in higher education to ensure a prosperous future for all 1.8 million West Virginians. Our University has already lost nearly $29 million in base reductions compared to 2011. This additional reduction will be devastating to West Virginia University and all of the other four-year institutions in this state,” Gee said.

He outlined the potential implications of such a cut: “Reductions of this magnitude will have a severe, negative impact to our institution. It will mean significant layoffs for our staff, increased tuition for our students, a fundamental change to WVU Extension Service and the reduction of academic programs.”

He concluded by asking people to share the message and contact GOP state senators.

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