Lawmakers are considering a budget proposal that would cut about $30 million from the University of Hawaiʻi, in large part, by eliminating more than 220 faculty and staff positions.
UH vice president for budget and finance Kalbert Young said the Senate proposal is "particularly alarming." In fiscal year 2019-2020, the Senate proposed a reduction in existing funding by more than $10 million. In fiscal year 2020-2021, there would be a reduction of $19.5 million.
According to an update about the impacts of the proposed Senate budget, "If enacted, this Senate budget would devastate Hawaiʻi’s entire public statewide university system and its promise for our current and future students and communities across the islands."
This story will be updated.