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WSU Extension Program May Face Cuts

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PASCO, Wash--  Originally the president of WSU, Elson Floyd, was preparing for a 12% cut in funding.  But that was when the state's budget deficit was at $5 billion.  It's now at $8 billion, and that means the university could be facing more cuts than planned.

One possible cut comes in the extension program.  Most of you know about the 4-H program that's at the Benton Franklin County Fair. 

The WSU Provost has proposed either a 49% or 75% cut in the extension program.  On Tuesday, we met with leaders of the local chapter.  They say they're willing to take a cut to make budget, but want the decrease to be spread equally.

"We're not saying we don't want to take a cut, because the economy is tough, we're fine with and understanding that's what we have to do," says Alissa Schneider, who works with the Franklin chapter.  "But we want to make sure that it doesn't completely eliminate the programs."

The university says it's brainstorming ways to cut between $60 million and $90 million.  There's an information meeting Tuesday night at the Pasco Grange building from 7-8 p.m.