More Budget Cuts On The Way
State agencies are bracing themselves for a new round of budget cuts. According to the current proposal, Schools would have to give up $60 million, Medicaid would lose $22 million, while colleges and universities would sacrifice $10.9 million. Agencies were told to submit plans by this Thursday to Legislative Services budget analysts. Like in past holdbacks spearheaded by Governor. "Butch" Otter, agencies were told to list pitfalls associated with proposed cuts and which would be most problematic. The strategy has helped avoid across-the-board cuts that agency leaders have said could undermine their mission. Otter had hoped to limit budget cuts at $35 million, but recent tax revenues have forced officials to concede his January proposal was too optimistic.