UH Seeks Extra $82M Over Next Two Years

RJ Brown/Civil Beat

The University of Hawaii is asking the state for an additional $41 million in each of the next two fiscal years for operations, citing a looming budget gap come June when both federal stimulus money and furloughs end.

During its hearing before the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday, the 10-campus system also submitted an $88-million "wish list" that covers everything from expanding degree programs on the Big Island to reducing the university's repair and maintenance backlog.

But when it came to questions about how UH Manoa would cover its athletic department's $9.8 million deficit, university officials were short on answers.

UH's budget for the current fiscal year ending June 30 was approved for $863 million. That included a $108 million reduction in general funds from the prior year, a 23 percent decrease, UH President M.R.C. Greenwood told lawmakers.

The university is requesting a $903 million budget for fiscal 2012 and $916.5 million in fiscal 2013. In both years, $402 million would come from the state's general fund, making UH the fifth largest department in terms of state funding.

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