Regents Reduce Proposed Budget Cut At Iowa Public Radio
August 6, 2009 at 5:00 AM (PT)
IOWA state regents voted WEDNESDAY to order the state's three large public universities to reduce the size of a proposed budget cut at IOWA PUBLIC RADIO, reports the DES MOINES REGISTER.
The Presidents of the three schools, the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY, and the UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA, proposed a $290,000 budget cut at the broadcaster, but the cut was a larger proportion of IPR's budget than cuts for other departments, and regent ROBERT DOWNER proposed that "Institutional commitments should not be reduced below that of their percentage decrease in state appropriations," with the request passing b a 5-2 vote.
"An interpretation of what we're discussing is that university presidents should not apply differential judgment on the budget cuts," ISU Pres. GREGORY GEOFFROY said. "I don't think that's the intent of what you really want us to do."