Idaho State spells out plan to absorb state budget cuts

Idaho State University will use a hiring slowdown and dip into reserves to absorb a $500,000 state budget cut.

The Idaho State Journal reported Wednesday on the university’s cost-cutting plans — and the social justice backlash behind the budget cuts.

“It is the goal of higher education in Idaho to educate Idaho citizens, provide opportunities and experiences, without compelling students to affirm any particular belief,” Idaho State President Kevin Satterlee said in written responses to questions from the Journal. “We respect and welcome all people and support the First Amendment, the free and open exchange of ideas and civil discourse.”

The Legislature cut the 2021-22 higher education budget earlier this spring, with lawmakers saying they wanted to send a message about social justice programs and leftist ideology on campuses.

Idaho State’s share of the cuts came to $500,000.

President Marlene Tromp has said she hopes to cover Boise State University’s $1.5 million cut by using money saved during the pandemic, in line items such as staff and faculty travel. She has said she hopes to absorb the cut without affecting academics or student programs.

The University of Idaho will use budget reserves to cover its $500,000 cut.

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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