PASCO, Wash. -- To fill a $2 billion budget shortfall, Gov. Chris Gregoire is proposing many new state cuts, including trimming another 15% from higher education. NBC Right Now met with the head of Columbia Basin college to find out what the cuts would mean for students and staff. Rich Cummins says they would mean programs like work study, that allow students to work at the college while still hitting the books with help from the state, could be suspended. Also, it could mean $166-million will be cut from higher ed. CBC officials say with this budget, over three million could be cut from Columbia Basin College alone.
Cummins said, "the state is asking us to do an amazing amount of work without a lot of money and we're still being pressed to be more efficient and more productive and we're at a snapping point."
According to CBC, in three years, there have already been five cuts and 90 positions eliminated.
Gregoire also proposed the elimination of basic health and disability lifeline, and reductions to the amount of supervision for criminals including sex offenders. The governor will visit the Tri-Cities Friday, Oct. 27th to talk about the proposed cuts with students and staff at CBC. NBC Right Now will be there.