UH Could Be Hit Hard By Special Funds Repeal

A Hawaii Senate proposal to repeal special funds could impact more than 30 University of Hawaii programs ranging from athletics to academic scholarships. It would also affect the Hawaiian language college Gov. Neil Abercrombie has pledged to support.

The repeal attempts to balance the state's budget by transferring the balances of those funds to the state's general fund. It's part of a 200-page proposal that would also gut public health and unemployment programs by abolishing the restrictions on how program funds can be spent. Hawaii faces a budget shortfall of $844 million between now and the end of fiscal year 2013.

Special funds are fed by special revenue sources, which can legally be spent only for specified purposes.

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