The state board is proposing to distribute the money to
colleges and universities based on the budget cuts they’ve suffered, Rush said.
“That puts just over $30 million at the colleges and universities, $3.2 million
at community colleges and $1.5 million at the technical colleges.” In addition
to that pot of money,
Rush said, “It is critically important not to waste a good crisis.” Budget cuts force cuts in whatever can be cut quickly, he said. But the stimulus money will ease the state’s higher ed system through while it thinks more carefully and strategically about how best to make cuts for the long term, he said. “We cannot afford to make hasty decisions that cut our capacity at the very time that people are coming into the system and need training.” JFAC Co-Chair Maxine Bell told Rush, “We would like very much to be able to put this in your budget sometime before May Day, I think.” Rush responded, “Me and you both.”